Tips and How Tos

Some suggestions and best practices when travelling BC highways to get you to your destination safely.

Winter Driving Tips for New Truckers

Winter Driving Tips for New Truckers

True, winter hazards such as black ice and blinding flurries don’t care whether you’re a rookie trucker or a seasoned veteran. They still hit, hit hard, and often without warning. But there are smart winter driving techniques that come naturally with notching more and more hours on the road. That’s why we put the call out to our trucker Twitter followers and Facebook “likers” to send winter safety advice to help all those newbie truckers out there make the...

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Bridging the Week with Three Transportation Friends

Because our series of Bridging the Week blogs focus on transportation news in BC, we follow our transportation friends faithfully so we can pass them along. This week, we want to share three of our favourite pages with you. And so, without further ado, from their page to ours. Hope you enjoy! YVR The act of flying is inspirational no matter how you look at it. We love the fact that the folks at Vancouver International Airport are curating...

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Highway Thru Hell: The TranBC Interviews

Highway Thru Hell: The TranBC Interviews

If there’s one television program out there that illustrates the need for drivers to “shift into winter,” it’s Discovery Channel’s Highway Thru Hell. The show’s action and suspense make it difficult to ignore the challenges of winter driving, especially over B.C. mountain passes. Lessons are often few and far between in the realm of reality television – but that’s not the case with Highway Thru Hell; in fact, we pulled together some of the safe winter driving lessons viewers...

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Be a Bright Light at Night Driving

Winter’s shorter daylight hours give us more driving time in the dark, to drop off kids or pets, go to work, do chores, attend social or leisure activities, and just live our lives. Not everyone thinks about it, but driving at night is more challenging and hazardous, than by day. At night, there’s little colour and contrast to help us see our world, and our depth perception and peripheral vision are reduced. These hazards are statistically confirmed by the...

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Slow Down & Move Over for ALL Roadside Workers

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, motorists are required to Slow Down and Move Over, for ALL vehicles stopped alongside the road, which have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. The Motor Vehicle Act regulation recently changed to provide maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors with greater protection from accident and injury. These workers are now included in “Slow Down, Move Over” legislation in the BC Motor Vehicle Act, which also protects the operators of...

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5 Things to Learn from Watching Highway Thru Hell

Whether you’re an avid connoisseur of reality television, or simply an average BC driver intrigued by life on the road, you’re likely familiar with Discovery Channel’s series: Highway Thru Hell (cue flaming asphalt). The frosty Coquihalla and Fraser Canyon highways set the stage for this nail-biting glimpse into the challenges of travelling between Hope and Kamloops in winter conditions. And although you may expect the truckers to be the main players in this performance, it’s actually the unique talents...

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7 Secrets to Taming Driver Stress

Behind every steering wheel lurks driver stress. It creeps up when motorists are stuck in start-stop traffic, or being tailgated, or having to brake hard to avoid a crash, or seeing motorists who don’t follow the rules, or dealing with detours or inconsiderate parking or… The list of how driving can torque up your tension level goes on and on. And with World Mental Health Day (Oct 10) in mind, we thought we’d share seven techniques you can use...

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Hey, You Got a Problem? 9 Ways to Let Us (and Others) Know

A concern, a problem, a beef, an issue… There are lots of words to express that something is unsatisfactory or unsettling to you. And at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are several ways you can tell us about something that you think is just not right on provincial roads. Your information helps us ensure our roads are safe for everyone. Report a road problem to the contractor – Our maintenance contractors work hard to keep the roads...

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