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.

Black Ice: What It Is and How to Handle It

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Picture this. You’re driving your car on a northern highway in British Columbia. It’s just before 8 am on a frosty February morning. While the road appears bare, you do notice snow along the side of the highway as you drive. Should be clear sailing – right? Don’t be so sure. This is exactly when you should be on the lookout for black ice, so don’t let your winter driving guard down just yet. Even though our maintenance contractors...

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15 Seconds to Safety: Are Your Tail Lights On?

One of the most common mistakes drivers are making these dark, wintry days is failing to activate their tail lights. If you’re ever trailing one of these phantom cars, either during a cloudy day or even at night, chances are there are one or more misconceptions at play. Misconceptions: Tail lights are like daytime running lights: they are always on. Not true. They turn on with the headlights. A lit up dashboard means all lights are on. Not always...

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Know When to Slow for Weather With Variable Speed Signs

If you are unable to view this video, click here to watch on our YouTube channel. We’re big fans of the maxim: “drive to conditions.” Highway travellers improve their safety dramatically by following those three words, especially in winter. Our highway engineers set speed limits based on IDEAL driving conditions – think bare, dry roads and warm, clear weather. Once factors mess with these conditions – be it fog, rain, snow… whatever – drivers should adjust by slowing to...

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A Winter Reminder: Don’t Pass Snow Plows with Flashing Lights

It’s early in the winter driving season, and we’re all getting used to the white stuff again, but we’ve had a couple incidents lately where travellers have tried to pass snow plows on the right hand side while the plows are actively working. Don’t do this. Not only is passing an active plow dangerous for you, it’s dangerous for the plow operators and drivers around you. Be patient. Snow plow operators will pull over and let you pass as...

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How to Pack Your Vehicle Emergency Kit in 15 Seconds

We all wish we had ultra-handy skills like MacGyver, right? Right. But let’s face it – we don’t. We cannot fashion a flashlight out of a pop bottle. Nor can we craft winter gloves out of the fluff between the seats. It’s just not going to happen. But an emergency on the road might happen, and you don’t want to be stuck in the cold wishing you had packed a winter emergency kit. It doesn’t take much effort. In...

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How to Measure Tire Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

How to Measure Tire Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

We want to show you how to measure your tires’ tread depth. It’s painless, quick and easy – heck, we were even able to fit it all in this 15-second video. Winter tires are important, but only if you have enough tread. Legally, you cannot have less than 3.5 mm (approximately 5/32 of an inch) on most highways in British Columbia between October 1 and March 31. If you barely have the legal minimum depth of tread, you should...

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Winter: the Good, the Bad, and the Driving Safely

  There are several good things about winter… Hockey Toques Hot chocolate Tobogganing The scent of wood smoke But there are also several bad things about winter, and some of them have to do with driving. Black ice Dead batteries Reduced visibility Sudden weather changes Slush… cold, nasty slush… and the list goes on Whether it’s driving for work or shuttling the kids to early morning hockey practice, knowledge is power when it comes to reducing your risk of...

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Welcome to Fall in BC (as Seen on BC HighwayCams)

It’s official. Summer is gone and autumn is upon us. A quick look around our BC HighwayCams on DriveBC confirms it. What does the first day of fall look like in BC? It looks like gold at the Peace View Rest Area (above). Stay gold Peace View, stay gold… Fog has settled in at Wire Cache. Yes, that is snow at Heckman Summit in the Southern Interior. (Don’t sweat it – make the Shift into Winter now and you’ll...

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