Precaution urged when driving Chetwynd area highways

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“Driving in northern British Columbia can be especially dangerous given the terrain and remoteness,” argues Corporal Scott Clay. “Limited daylight hours and sudden changes in weather conditions can place extra demands on an individual’s driving skills and the capabilities of their vehicle.”

Drivers travelling through the area are reminded to plan their trip ahead by checking road conditions on www.drivebc.ca and ensuring their vehicle is ready for the season with winter tires and snow and ice cleared before departing. Clay also suggests adjusting your driving to the weather conditions, as the posted speed limits are made for “ideal” driving conditions. 

In the event that you get stuck or stranded while travelling, it’s recommended to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle at all times that includes blankets, clothing and non-perishable food items. Flares are especially useful, as cell phone coverage is limited between Prince George and Dawson Creek on Highway 97. 

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Lastly, Clay advises drivers to stay in their vehicles should they get stranded, and to run the motor sparingly. When doing so, make sure the vehicle’s exhaust pipe is clear of snow and a window is kept open for fresh air. 

More winter driving tips are available at www.shiftintowinter.ca.

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