ICBC warns Northern B.C. drivers of challenging road conditions

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VANCOUVER, B.C.- With the colder temperatures across the region, ICBC warns the weather has led to compact, icy snow on the roads.

ICBC shared during the winter months, crashes are at their highest in B.C. 51 casualty crashes occurred in February in the North Central Region due to driving too fast for the conditions or road/weather conditions.*

Drivers need to do their part to prevent crashes, urges ICBC, by adjusting their driving and properly equipping their vehicle for the road conditions.

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In northern B.C. winter weather presents its own set of challenging road conditions for drivers such as black ice, heavy snowfall and freezing rain. Road conditions change every day due to bad weather, ICBC says, slow down, increase your following distance and allow extra travel time.

Top Drive Smart tips:

  • Focus your full attention on the road and use extra caution when approaching intersections and corners – they may be icy.

  • Consider using your headlights and taillights whenever weather is poor and visibility is reduced – not only at night – to help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers. Keep in mind that daytime running lights usually don’t activate your taillights.

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

  • Clear off any snow that’s built up on your vehicle before driving including headlights, wheel wells and external sensors if you have a collision warning system.

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

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  • In poor weather, use extreme caution around snow plows. Maintain a safe following distance and don’t pass them – it’s not safe. These vehicles may be equipped with a wing blade on either of its sides which may not be visible due to the snow it sprays.

For detailed tips on how to drive in winter weather, visit icbc.com or ShiftIntoWinter.ca.

*Casualty crashes are crashes where at least one person was injured or killed. Based on police data (five year average from 2013 to 2017).

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