Tips and How Tos

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

Driving in Circles is Fun (When You Know How to Do it Right)

Driving in Circles is Fun (When You Know How to Do it Right)

Roundabouts are successfully used all over the world, by millions of people every day; however, the appearance of roundabouts in our province over the last ten years has given rise to countless questions on how to use them properly. Because our goal here at TranBC is to help you understand the why and the how of transportation in British Columbia, we reviewed your most frequently asked roundabout questions and collected the best answers. When can I enter a roundabout?...

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Seven Ways to Safely Wrap Up Your Summer on the Road

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As the warm weather continues but the summer months start running out…there is still time to get out and enjoy our beautiful province. But we want you to do it safely. Whether by motorcycle, boat, RV, car, truck or golf cart, the best way to travel BC is to do it without incident. Here are some resources we thought you’d find useful to read or share on modes of transportation, dangerous impacts, smart choices, furry friends and special occasions....

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Helpful Safety Advice for Sailing with Inland Ferries

You may have crossed Upper Arrow Lake on our newest ferry, the M.V. Columbia, or witnessed river power at work on the Lytton Reaction Ferry, all the while marvelling at the beauty of BC’s waterways and natural surrounds… But have you ever thought about what you would do if one of our river and lake-crossing inland ferries had problems during the trip? If you haven’t, relax – we have you covered. Our vessels transporting passengers on our 14 inland...

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How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

You may see them travelling alongside or on a road… graceful, finely tuned four-legged vehicles with a person mounted on top…  They may be travelling from one farm to another, en route to a trail, or the road itself might be part of an equestrian trail. We’re talking about horses and horseback riders, which are fully entitled to use highways, just like cyclists, pedestrians and motorized vehicles. This is laid out in the BC Motor Vehicle Act (Part 3)...

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The One Way You Should Drive this Long Weekend

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What better way to enjoy the long weekend than getting on the highway and enjoying our provincial back yard? So much to see. So much to do. But, with that extra day comes extra traffic, and in warmer weather, extra construction, so it’s more important than ever to make that one vital driving decision… To drive safely. Know before you go…and…pssst, we can help you with that. Here are some tips for a safe trip: Plan ahead and be...

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The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

Drivers who operate vehicles off road – working in the bush or enjoying wilderness recreation – now have access to a dazzling selection of specialized off-road vehicle lights and light bars, to brighten their way. But while these popular ultra-bright lights can be useful and fun, there’s a dark side. We frequently receive reports of motorists and commercial drivers, who are driving on highways with their off-roading lights turned on. Those drivers get a super illuminated view of what’s...

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Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

Pop quiz! (Because everyone loves spontaneous tests of driving knowledge, right?) It’s a stormy day and you approach a flashing red light while driving. As you get closer, it becomes clear it’s a traffic light controlled four-way intersection with a power outage or other mechanical failure. No yellow or green — just red lights flashing in all directions. You… A) Thank the electricity gods because you’re running late for a very important date, then step on the gas. B)...

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Is Your Impatience a Safety Concern on the Coq?

There’s an essential rule about sharing the road with snowplows: NEVER pass them on the right. In 2016, there were 11 collisions between cars and snowplows, on one BC highway alone. That’s a lot of crashes and a lot of stress, grief and costs for a lot of people! Check out the video above, featuring VSA Highway Maintenance, our contractor responsible for the Coquihalla Highway. The reason why you don’t want to pass an operating plow on the right,...

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