Shift into Winter

An initiative to keep you safe and moving during the winter season, and the work we do to make sure you are.

What You Need to Know About Stricter Chain-Up Rules

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We’ve introduced better chain-up regulations for commercial vehicles, which will provide more clarity for professional drivers this winter. That means safer roads, too. The changes come in the wake of one of our worst winters for highway closures. Unprepared commercial trucks caused 41 highway closures because they were either poorly equipped or totally unequipped with chains. In some cases, this was due to the driver’s inability to install the chains properly. Loss of traction in winter conditions leads to...

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How to Navigate the Box Canyon Chain-up with Ease

Box Canyon Lane Configuration

Commercial drivers on the Coquihalla have a lot more room to equip their vehicles with chains now that the Box Canyon chain-up facility has expanded from 14 to more than 70 parking spaces. But the larger site will be unchartered territory for many professional drivers this winter. Whiteout conditions combined with road markings hidden by snow and ice could make identifying parking spaces and through lanes difficult. So, to help you prepare for the next big winter storm on...

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Successful Ways to Winterize your Trucking Safety Plan

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As winter weather begins to make its way across BC, impacting our driving conditions with snow, ice, rain, fog, etc., it’s always best to be prepared with a safety plan. And those plans are ready for winter. The Shift into Winter resource website (for all your “ready for winter driving” needs) has released a new document called, Winterizing Your Safety Plan: Information for Commercial Carriers. This is great information to know and follow up on because, as an employer...

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The Many Faces of Mount Washington

Information for Skiers and Snowboarders driving Strathcona parkway

When you hear the words Vancouver Island you probably think of February flower counts, storm watching in Tofino and salmon fishing in Campbell River. But, did you know that Vancouver Island is also home to some pretty amazing ski hills? That’s right; as if this little jewel of an island wasn’t precious enough, Vancouver Island ski hills (like Mt. Washington Alpine Ski Resort), routinely boast some of the highest annual snow base in North America. That’s great news if...

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Your Top 5 Resources to get Ready for Driving this Winter

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It’s not even “officially” winter yet but we’re certainly already getting hit by it. With the Shift into Winter safety campaign in full swing, we’ve noticed a lot more activity on some of our websites lately as people get ready for the ice, snow and earlier night times. We’ve collected your top 5 winter resources, based on visit popularity, to provide you a bit of a one stop shop. Passenger Vehicle – Tire and Chain Requirements What’s the legal...

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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...

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How to Get a Grip on Safe Winter Traction

Have you ever seen overshoes, ice cleats or the old-style rubber covers people used to wear over their dress shoes to prevent slips and falls on ice? Did you know you can apply that same idea to your vehicle?   Here’s a rundown of some traction devices that can help keep you and your vehicle travel surely and smoothly along in winter. CHAINS FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES We recommend drivers install mountain/snowflake tires for cold weather driving and, for extreme conditions,...

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15 Seconds to Safety: How to Identify a Winter Tire

We get questions about winter tires all the time. Well, not all the time – mostly in October when winter tire regulations go into effect on most BC highways until the end of March. Drivers want to know which tires are legally considered winter tires, and which tires provide maximum performance in cold, snow and ice. They also want to know how their vehicle is already equipped, so they can better decide if they need new tires. So, we...

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How to Avoid Being Pranked by Spring on the Coquihalla

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Warning! Don’t let spring play an April Fools’ prank on you. Roadside signs state passenger vehicles are required to have winter tires, and commercial trucks must carry chains, on most BC highways between October 1 and March 31. However, that doesn’t mean winter tires and chains are never needed beyond those dates. Sometimes spring lets Old Man Winter outstay his welcome, especially on high elevation routes such as the Coquihalla. Professional truck drivers who travel BC’s high mountain passes...

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The Shocking Case of the Porthole Peeper

“I was in a hurry.” That was the excuse a Vancouver Island driver gave when one of our CVSE officers stopped him on the Malahat for driving with a mere “porthole” of snow cleared from his windshield. The officer issued the driver a $368 fine and didn’t let him continue driving without clearing all the snow off his vehicle. When we tweeted the photo, many of you were shocked: What’s worse, this isn’t just a one-off occurrence. Surrey RCMP...

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