BC Travellers

Information of interest to commuters, tourists and recreational drivers in rural and urban BC.

BC Highway Webcams – Your Eyes in the Sky

Do you watch them because they show you the fresh dump of snow your friends in Rossland have? Or do you tune in because they let you see the open roads and blue skies the entire length of your upcoming road trip? The BC HighwayCam Program began with two cams on the Coquihalla and one near Whistler and, believe it or not, these cameras were maintained manually. That meant that when something went wrong with a camera, ministry electrical...

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In Remembrance, Our BC Highway of Heroes

Trans-Canada Highway between Surrey and Abbotsford

British Columbia is home to many heroes. Some have accomplished amazing feats, while others have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for their country. And some have done both. On June 9, 2011, the Trans-Canada Highway between 152 Street exit in Surrey and the Sumas exit in Abbotsford was dedicated to the memory of these extraordinary British Columbians, and to the families they left behind. This Highway of Heroes is a memorial and a tribute to these fallen...

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Setting the Stage for Summer Safety

If you’re planning on a road trip this summer, it pays to be prepared. We’ve mentioned a few tips already on how you can do that. There’s fuel saving tips and ways to show your car some love, both of which outline ways you can make your car run more efficiently. But the summer brings its own challenges, so here are a few more things you should think about before heading out in the heat on the highway: Tire...

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On the Road to RV Safety

The warm weather is here! If you’re heading out for some camping over the next few days, here’s hoping you’ve got your gear and site reservations in place. But if you’re using a recreational vehicle (RV), you’ll need to take a few extra steps before you’re ready to go. Whether you prefer a motorhome, travel-trailer or a pick-up camper, we’ve got a few basic tips to keep you and your RV safe on the highway. Know how much weight...

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You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone!

Where there are traffic cones, there are usually workers, equipment trenches or more. So, it is important to slow down and be alert to what’s happening around you – someone could be mere steps away. Thousands of people work roadside every day, including municipal workers, landscapers, traffic control personnel (TCP), tow truck drivers and road construction crews. There are also road maintenance teams, telecommunications and utility workers, and emergency and enforcement workers. Working on or beside the roads presents...

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Building Debris Fencing and Scoring One for Highway Safety

He shoots, he scores! The excitement of hockey season is really ramping up, and the tension builds with every shot on net and every goalie save. Here at the transportation ministry, we’ve got our own version of the game but, like everything we do, it’s bigger. Our nets are more the size of an ice rink, and instead of pucks, we’re catching rocks and debris. It may not win us the Stanley Cup, but we are setting records, and...

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Drive BC: Follow #BCHwys on Twitter

Drive BC: Follow #BCHwys on Twitter

If you’ve started following DriveBC or TranBC on Twitter, then you may have noticed the reoccurring use of the # symbol in front of a word. It represents a hashtag and, in Twitterspeak, is used in a tweet to connect it to the people that have an interest in that topic. A hashtag can help bring a discussion together, which is exactly what we are trying to do. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for...

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Car Care Month: Seven Steps to Fuel Savings

  May is Car Care Month, and giving your vehicle a little extra love can get you maximum gas mileage, and maybe leave some money in your pocket: Ensure you have a well-fitted gas cap – Damaged, ill-fitting or missing gas caps cause gasoline to vaporize from your tank. About 17 per cent of vehicles on the road have gas caps that are damaged or loose, or have no gas caps at all. Replace your spark plugs regularly –...

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