We may not suffer the amount snow that the rest of Canada plows through each winter, but winter driving still requires care and caution.
Fall and Winter Driving
Before you hit the road here are some tips:
- Prepare your vehicle for winter with a visit to your local mechanic
- Ensure that your vehicle, tires and brakes are in good repair
- Pack an emergency kit
- Learn how to handle your vehicle if it hits black ice or starts to hydroplane.
- Plan your trip and check road and weather conditions before leaving, be aware that you may be facing rain and snow depending on the trip
- Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather
- Travel with a fully charged cellphone
- Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads.
It’s snowing… what do I do?
Ice, snow, slippery highways… driving in winter conditions can be both challenging and frustrating. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safer on the road.
Feeling uneasy about driving? You’re not alone. According to an ICBC survey, almost four in 10 of respondents feel less confident driving during the winter. In addition, seven in 10 feel less safe and frustrated by the actions of other drivers.
Staying off the road can sometimes be a less stressful and safer option.
Instead of driving, you may want to consider taking public transit if available, carpooling with a friend who’s a confident driver, taking a taxi or working from home.
If you’re feeling confident
If your vehicle is equipped for the weather and you’re feeling confident, remember to take extra precautions on the road.
Plan ahead and always check road and weather conditions on drivebc.ca before heading out.
Be sure to leave more following distance, slow down, and give yourself more time to get where you’re going. Speed limits are set for ideal conditions only.
And always take care, nothing is more important than arriving safely at your destination.
More fall and winter driving tips on safe driving from ICBC