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.

Unleashing the Snowcats: Clearing the Terrace-Kitimat Blizzard

How do you clear the roads when the amount of snowfall over 36 hours amounts to the height of the average Canadian adult? You get creative, and look to the ski hills. When 168 cm (5’6”) of snow fell in the Terrace-Kitimat area between February 5 and 7 (4pm-4am, 2015), local maintenance contractor Nechako Northcoast brought in heavy equipment from outside, such as graders, loaders, and three snowcats. Typically used on ski hills, these cool cats are designed to...

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How Well Do You Know the Coquihalla?

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The Coquihalla is one of the most popular highway mountain passes in BC. You’ve probably driven it a few times, whether as a commuter or a BC traveller, or TONS of times as a commercial driver. But how well do you know this stretch of highway?

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6 Paths to Peace and Winter Safety on the Alaska Highway

Pass only when you are 100% sure it’s safe. This isn’t the best time. If you live or drive in the Peace region, you know that extra care and attention are needed in winter, when driving from Mile 54 (13 kilometres north of Fort St. John) to Mile 83 of the Alaska Highway. This section, considered a part of Highway 97, is a busy Peace Country route. Carrying local folks and truck traffic from the region’s busy oil and...

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What NOT to wear on the Coquihalla

It may be the 21st century, where almost anything goes as far as fashion is concerned…but don’t tell that to the Coquihalla. As far as this mountain pass is concerned, if you don’t show up for class in proper winter attire, you can prepare to get schooled. You see, mountain passes in B.C. subscribe to the “be prepared” school of fashion and they like to see their guests arrive properly dressed, to say the least. If not, you will...

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How to Drive Around Snow Plows in BC

Pop quiz! You’re driving a two-lane highway after a fresh dumping of snow. You spot the flashing lights of a snow plow up ahead in the left lane. You… a) Speed up to get ready to pass in the right lane; b) Maintain speed until you settle in close behind the plow; c) Flash your high beams until the plow truck pulls over to let you pass; d) Keep your distance until the plow truck pulls over to allow...

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Lose the Cruise Control in Winter

When it comes to winter driving, cruise control can make you lose control, wherever you are in B.C. Snow, ice, slush, deep pools of water and even oil on water are slippery. These winter conditions plus snowfall, fog, rain and longer hours of darkness demand your full attention and quick reactions. The problem with using cruise control in those circumstance, comes when the car in front of you swerves, wildlife steps onto the road, you skid or something else...

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Winter Driving: How Not to Need a Tow Truck

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A roadside expert generously shared his knowledge with us recently, to help drivers #ShiftintoWinter, and keep everyone safer on B.C.’s roads. Larry Styba rescues vehicles as part of his job as a tow truck operator, trainer and public relations person with Maple Ridge Towing. A WreckMaster Level 6/7 certified towing and recovery operator, Larry sees and hears how people end up in mishaps that require his help. He also knows what’s needed to drive large vehicles in winter’s most...

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A List to Help You Travel Safely and Merry this Holiday

Winter Driving TIps

  The holidays are here, and many of us are taking to the highways to visit friends and family, or dusting off the skiis/snowboard for those glorious mountains. But to get there, you need to be prepared for winter driving conditions. Here’s a list of 6 ways to check before heading out: Look ahead at the route and weather. DriveBC has information on all highways in the province, including weather forecasts and highways cams. Prepare for an unexpected delay...

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