15 Seconds to Safety: How to Dress for Winter’s Worst

Sure, we know what you’re thinking… “Of course I know how to dress myself!”

But you won’t believe how often ministry staff come across drivers severely underdressed (some even wearing flip flops!), stranded on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle or struggling to chain up during a snow storm.

Don’t let the sanctuary of your vehicle fool you. Yes, vehicles are toasty and warm when they’re running – some even have heated seats and steering wheel – but things happen. It’s important to dress as if your engine may quit running during your trip.

The BC high mountain pass, in particular, is a trickster.  It really can be a world of its own in winter. For example, drivers can leave the Lower Mainland on a beautiful day and find themselves navigating through a blizzard at the top of the Coquihalla.

Please be sure to dress for success this winter!

Did you miss the previous installments of our 15 Seconds to Safety video series? (It’s part of the Shift Into Winter campaign). Play some catch-up below.

>> How to Identify a Winter Tire

>> Clearing Snow Off Your Vehicle

>> Are Your Tail Lights On?

>> How to Pack Your Vehicle Emergency Kit in 15 Seconds

>> How to Measure Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

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5 Responses to 15 Seconds to Safety: How to Dress for Winter’s Worst

  1. Jimmy on January 11, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Hi, I have tires on my f150 that have a snowflake but not the mountain. Are these still ok on the sea to sky hwy?

    • tranbceditor on January 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Jimmy,

      Your tires must have either the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol or M+S (Mud and Snow) on the sidewalls.

  2. Robt johnson on November 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Tire chains should be pre fitted to ensure they are right for the tires

    • tranbceditor on November 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      A great point Robert – thanks for sharing!

      • Hardy on December 25, 2017 at 7:52 am

        Chain fitment varies based on tread wear too, so don’t be fooled by chains/cables fitting on last year’s worn in tires NO LONGER fitting on same model replacement-Shawn THIS year. Applies moreso to chunkier truck/commercial tires, but still appropriate.
        A few bungee cords or a spider are helpful to tension up loose fitting chains: always get them as tight as possible. Driving 50′ (fwd and back 20′ each way) helps them fall in place on tread, retighten again and you’re set. For link chains, a few spare quick links can fix a damaged chain.

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