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.

When is the Best Time to Remove Winter Tires?

Must Use Winter Tires Sign April 30

Much like naively donning shorts and a t-shirt at the slightest sign of spring, the temptation to swap out winter tires can be strong. But be careful: the consequences of prematurely exposing Vitamin-D deprived skin with fewer threads pales in comparison to facing severe winter weather with unsuitable summer treads. Let’s face it, Old Man Winter doesn’t care what our calendar claims. He’s been known to revel in pranking people travelling through mountain passes on April 1 (yes, April...

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Everything You Need to Know About Travel Advisories on BC Highways

Ministry staff and our highway maintenance contractors work around the clock to keep travellers on BC highways moving safely, but sometimes extreme weather (or other emergency conditions) create special circumstances that can pose challenges for motorists.  When that happens we place a specific travel advisory on DriveBC to help bring attention to the event and help travellers make better plans based on those conditions. We take a number of factors into consideration when we post a travel advisory, such...

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What You Need to Know About Stricter Chain-Up Rules

Chain up configuration

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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