With increased traffic expected over the B.C. Day long weekend, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure reminds travellers to plan ahead, use extra caution and watch for motorcycles.
During the summer, more motorcycles are on the road. There have been a number of recent fatal motorcycle accidents throughout the province. In British Columbia, motorcycles represent only 1.5% of insured vehicles, but 10% of all road fatalities.
Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable during a crash. Tips for driving safely near motorcycles include:
- Leave space – Allow at least three to four seconds of following distance when behind a motorcycle and plenty of lane space when you pass.
- Look around – Scan intersections carefully, check blind spots and take an extra moment to look for motorcycles when turning.
- Be ready to yield – Motorcycles are often closer than they seem. Since it can be difficult to tell how fast motorycles are moving, be prepared to yield.
- Stay alert – Leave your phone alone and avoid other distractions that take your mind off driving, or your eyes off the road.
Tips for motorcycle riders to stay safe include:
- Be seen – Dress to be seen and protected. Wear reflective clothing, bright colours, and an approved helmet and riding gear.
- Target open spaces – Leave yourself as much space as possible between your motorcycle and other vehicles on the road.
- Cancel your signals – Check your signals to ensure you are not indicating a turn when you are continuing straight ahead.
- Avoid centre of lane – When traffic slows, keep to the left or right of your lane, to allow yourself an exit strategy in case a vehicle behind you fails to stop in time.
A number of wildfires are burning throughout the province. Travellers are reminded to watch for wildlife that may have been forced onto highways and roads, and stay up to date on the condition of their route by checking DriveBC.
The B.C. Day long weekend is a time when many British Columbians will be travelling to visit family and friends. It is important that everyone endeavours to stay safe.
The latest coroner’s report on motor vehicle incidents in B.C., with the latest available data to the end of 2017, can be found online:
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