News: Get ready to Shift into Winter

Don’t let winter road conditions catch you by surprise - stay safe and shift into winter.

This winter don’t get caught out on the road unprepared. Whether you use your vehicle for work or leisure, take steps to reduce your risk of a crash on winter roads.

WorkSafeBC, BCAA Road Safety Foundation, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and the other members of the Winter Driving Safety Alliance have a few tips:

  • Don’t Know? Don’t Go. First, check your local traffic and weather report or visit DriveBC.ca before heading out. Avoid driving if the weather is bad, even an hour or two can make a big difference. If you can, wait until the weather improves. If you don’t have to go, then don’t drive.
  • Install four matched winter tires. Winter tires provide better stopping power and traction in cold weather and snow. Check for wear before mounting and check tire pressure every few weeks.
  • Equip your vehicle with emergency gear in case you become stranded. Carry a windshield scraper and snow brush; extra windshield washer fluid; flares and matches or a lighter; tire chains and gloves; a first aid kit; a shovel and a traction mat; sand or cat litter; a flashlight and extra batteries' battery jumper cables; a spare tire; a wheel wrench and jack; and extra clothing and footwear.
  • Slow down and drive for the conditions. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted limit.

Bookmark the following websites to your mobile phone or computer and check them often.

  • DriveBC.ca is a good source of current road and travel conditions.
  • ShiftIntoWinter.ca has tips on how to prepare yourself and your vehicle, and how to drive safely on winter roads.
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News: Get ready to Shift into Winter