A List to Help You Travel Safely and Merry this Holiday

Winter Driving TIps

The holidays are here, and many of us are taking to the highways to visit friends and family, or dusting off the skiis/snowboard for those glorious mountains. But to get there, you need to be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Here’s a list of 6 ways to check before heading out:

  1. Look ahead at the route and weather. DriveBC has information on all highways in the province, including weather forecasts and highways cams.
  2. Prepare for an unexpected delay in cold temperatures by keeping warm clothing and food handy and a full gas tank. An emergency kit is a great way to be ready.
  3. Highways can be closed to traffic for avalanche control, extreme weather or motorvehicle incidents – and there may not be a detour available. Make sure you’re aware of what your options are.
  4. Is the driver rested and ready? Snow, ice and long distances can be trying for drivers, whose experience in these conditions may be limited. Here are some tips when driving those high mountain passes, including the Coquihalla.
  5. Expect the unexpected – such as wild animals crossing, or loss of traction, or needing a lot more stopping room. Always drive to the conditions, keep alert and leave space to
    stop safely.
  6. Is the vehicle ready for the road? Winter tires are required on highways outside southern coastal areas Oct. 1 to March 31. In good condition, these tires have a minimum 3.5 mm tread depth to provide the traction needed to drive safely on highways where winter weather can be expected – when drivers slow their speed for the conditions. Ensure the vehicle is mechanically sound and has good wipers, as well as working headlights and taillights.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, or however you celebrate this time of year, just make sure you do it safely and responsibly.

Merry Christmas from MoTI


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