Posts Tagged ‘ Snow ’

How to Keep Traffic Moving in Avalanche Country

It looks like something out of Star Wars. Large metal towers dominating a vantage point over a frozen cliff face that suddenly drop explosives charges, triggering a wall of snow that cascades down the mountain. But this isn’t science fiction. It’s a new technology designed to make roads safer and cut down on traffic headaches. It’s called a Remote Avalanche Control System, or RACS, and this winter we’re piloting it along a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway called Three...

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What it’s Like to Watch an Avalanche from a Helicopter

For most people, avalanches incite terror (for good reason!), and should be avoided at all times. But what is true for backcountry enthusiasts doesn’t apply to our ministry avalanche technicians. For them, uniting snow and gravity is a way of life – performed from a safe distance in the name of highway safety. Our crews recently captured video footage of two methods of avalanche control at separate ends of the province: Bear Pass and Kootenay Pass. And it’s pretty...

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5 Easy Ways to be a Better Winter Driver

How to Drive Better in Winter

Police officers see it all in winter. Consider them experts in what to do (and not to do) to make the “shift into winter” and travel safely through the chilly season. Staff Sgt. Pat McTiernan is one such officer. He’s the Operations NCO for the North District Traffic Services (a division of the RCMP) out of Prince George. We recently talked to him to get some expert advice on how drivers can get ready for winter driving. It’s really...

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Winter Safety Tips – Preparing for the Road Less Travelled

Winter is here, so we asked some of our resident experts for their top safety tips. And here’s the result! It really boils down to “be prepared”, but here’s what you can do to make life easier if your vehicle breaks down or you become lost or stranded in the snow. Of course, if this happens on a main highway, you’ll probably be found pretty quickly by our maintenance contractor or other passersby. But if you’re driving on the...

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Five Things Not to Do When Winter Driving

Winter is here, but depending on where you are, you may have already been driving through the snow and ice for a while now. If you’ve had a lot of experience driving in those conditions, you know there’s a lot you can do to prepare yourself and your vehicle to make your travels easier. We’ve been sharing a lot of those tips and tricks lately, and in this season of giving, we’ve got a few more that might make...

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