Province reminding motorists to travel safe over Family Day long weekend

A BC Highway webcam view of Highway 97 near Quesnel on Wednesday. Photo by Drive BC

VICTORIA, B.C. — The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding travellers about the recent storm and heavy snowfall warnings that were issued in Northern B.C. earlier this week and the importance of planning ahead and driving to the conditions.

Over the Family Day long weekend, the Ministry says heavy snowfall, freezing rain, poor visibility and icy conditions are expected to continue in various areas of the province. Road conditions can change quickly in British Columbia, and while maintenance crews strive to keep routes safe and in the best possible condition, people must use caution and slow down when they encounter bad weather or limited visibility. Driving to current conditions will improve safety for everyone on the road.

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Drivers are also encouraged to get the best tires they can for their vehicles. Winter tire regulations are in effect until March 31, and motorists should ensure their vehicle has tires with the mountain/snowflake or mud and snow (M + S) symbol when travelling on designated routes. For extreme winter weather conditions, tires with the mountain/snowflake symbol provide the best traction and handling.

For more tips on planning ahead during winter driving conditions, go to: https://shiftintowinter.ca/. For travel information, available 24/7, go to: www.DriveBC.ca or the mobile-friendly site: www.DriveBC.ca/mobile.

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