Safe driving on long trips means taking regular breaks to rest your mind and body.
Driver fatigue is a major cause of vehicle crashes, so try to take a 15-minute break about every two hours. Stretch your legs, move around and revive. Have a beverage (non-alcoholic, of course) and maybe something to eat.
Whenever you’re on the road, watch for signs of fatigue like:
- tired eyes
- wandering concentration
- slow reaction time
Across the province, the ministry has about 170 rest areas, for you to take a short break. All of our rest areas are equipped with garbage cans and toilets – ranging from classic rustic pit toilets, to compost toilets, to full-flush facilities. The majority have picnic tables and some rest areas even have trails, scenic lookouts, WiFi or electric vehicle charging stations.
Our rest area web page offers details for each rest area and its facilities. This includes helpful information for drivers of commercial vehicles or RVs, like whether large vehicles can be accommodated, and if there are acceleration and deceleration lanes.
The DriveBC map also has an option to display rest areas, so you can identify them along your route. Click on the “Provincial Rest Areas” icon on the legend on the right of the page, and all the rest areas will appear on the map.
In addition to highway rest areas, a great place to take a break from the road is a provincial park. Many are not far off the highway. They provide not only the amenities of a rest area, but usually running water, short trails and sometimes even a lake in which to take a refreshing plunge.
So, if you’re feeling groggy, it’s time to get off the highway and recharge! Take care out there folks and enjoy the drive!