Posts Tagged ‘ winter ’

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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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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Driving Divided Freeways in BC: 7 Tips You Need to Know

There are many kinds of highways in BC: Rural highways, urban highways, primary highways, secondary highways, freeways and expressways just to name a few. Each type of highway serves a different purpose. For example, a freeway is a divided primary highway built for through traffic (as opposed to local traffic access) with two or more lanes in each direction of travel. These lanes are accessible via interchanges only. A good example of a freeway is BC Highway 5, also...

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How We Shift Into Winter

Every winter, we are very vocal about how important it is for drivers to equip themselves and their vehicles for winter. It’s not all talk; we also walk the walk (or, drive the drive?). To show how we prepare for winter, we asked our ministry staff in Prince George to guide us through the process of arranging fall maintenance for their fleet vehicles. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has about 500 fleet vehicles across British Columbia, and each...

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Why Some BC Highway Webcams Can Go Down in Winter

When Old Man Winter makes his reappearance across the province in the fall, it’s time to make the shift into winter. Did you know that some of our BC Highway Cams have to make the shift into winter too? It’s true. Many of our cams are close to local power sources, making it easier for them to transmit data in all kinds of weather. But some of our more remote cams don’t have power close by and rely on...

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Chain Up Tips You Need to Know for Commercial Vehicles

Commercial Vehicles preparing for winter travel

Whether we like it or not, it’s true. It’s time to Shift into Winter and all drivers need to be prepared. And, and those that spend a lot of time travelling our BC roads, helping the economy move, are commercial vehicles. Below is a notice to the trucking industry that was posted a while back that we thought was worth sharing again: “Be advised, as the winter travel season is fast approaching that you may be required to install...

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How to Choose from 4 Types of Tires for Winter Driving in BC

There’s been a lot of tire talk lately, which is great. Winter is coming, and you obviously want to be prepared. We want you to be prepared, too. So, we thought we’d go over the four types of tires you are permitted to use when driving high mountain passes and other signed BC highways requiring winter tires for passenger vehicles. 1. Studded Winter Tires How to identify?¬†3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol¬†on sidewall and metal studs on tread Perform best...

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Do Motorcycles Need Winter Tires in BC?

We’ve received many questions from motorcyclists wondering how winter tire regulations affect them. In a nutshell, here’s how motorcyclists should approach winter driving in BC. Motorcyclists are not required to use winter tires, as winter tires are not available for most motorcycles. Instead, motorcyclists should use common sense when deciding to drive on BC highways between October 1 and March 31 (or until April 30 on select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas). BUT:...

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