Next week, thousands of British Columbians will hit the highway to visit friends and relatives or to head to the hills for winter sports.
People travelling over the holiday season should be prepared for winter driving conditions. Here’s a list of links to check before heading out:
- Look ahead at the route and weather. Drive BC has information on all highways in the province, including weather forecasts and highways cams: http://bit.ly/1x6HLM6
For the most up-to-date information, please check: http://www.drivebc.ca/
- Prepare for an unexpected delay in cold temperatures by keeping warm clothing and food handy and a full gas tank: http://bit.ly/1qBjbk2
- Highways can be closed to traffic for avalanche control, extreme weather or motor vehicle incidents - and there may not be a detour available: http://bit.ly/1zC9UtI
- Is the driver rested and ready? Snow, ice and long distances can be trying for drivers whose experience in these conditions may be limited: http://bit.ly/1whcxjA
- Expect the unexpected - such as wild animals crossing, or loss of traction, or needing a lot more stopping room. Always drive to the conditions, keep alert and leave space to stop safely: http://bit.ly/1x6K0ip
- Is the vehicle ready for the road? Winter tires are required on highways outside southern coastal areas Oct. 1 to March 31: http://bit.ly/1AlP6ow
In good condition, these tires have a minimum 3.5 mm tread depth to provide the traction needed to drive safely on highways where winter weather can be expected - when drivers slow their speed for the conditions. Ensure the vehicle is mechanically sound and has good wipers, as well as working headlights and taillights.
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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure