ICBC urges Northern BC drivers to take the road with more caution this winter

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As we get more and more snow, ICBC has issued a reminder to drivers here in the North that changing road conditions mean they have to adjust to the challenges of driving in ice and snow.

“We are now into the fall, and that means the days get darker earlier, and motorists can often experience bad weather conditions,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Therefore, it’s really important that motorists remember to adjust their driving speed accordingly, and slow down when they encounter bad weather, such as rain, snow, or fog.”

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They have said the Northern Central region of the province sees speed-related crashes resulting in injury or death increase by over 110 per cent between November and January – totalling in 45 crashes each of these months.

To combat the conditions, ICBC recommends drivers keep this information in mind.

  1. Ice and snow can hit unexpectedly so make sure your tires are appropriately rated for the weather you’ll be driving in this winter. Check your tire pressure regularly – pressure drops in cold weather and overinflated tires can reduce gripping.

  2. When severe winter conditions arrive, consider alternatives – take public transit if possible, carpool with a confident driver whose vehicle is equipped for the conditions, take a taxi, work from home or wait until the road crews have cleared major roads. Sometimes the best option is to leave the car at home.

  3. Consider using your headlights whenever weather is poor and visibility is reduced – not only at night – to help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers.

  4. Clear off any snow that’s built up on your vehicle’s headlights and wheel wells before driving; it can affect your ability to see and steer.

  5. In poor weather, use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance vehicles on the road and never pass on the right. Be patient and maintain a safe following distance – these vehicles throw up snow and spray which can make it difficult to see.

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ICBC added that throughout November, police across Northern BC will be looking out for drivers travelling at unsafe speeds.

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