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ICBC asks drivers to plan ahead to stay safe over the holidays

  • Dec. 29, 2016 10:00 a.m.

The yuletide holidays are here and many drivers will be traveling to visit family and friends to celebrate together.

With increased traffic and unpredictable road conditions, it’s important for everyone to plan ahead and stay safe.

Here are ICBC’s tips to help everyone get home safe this holiday season.

Many British Columbia highways require winter tires, labelled with either the mountain/snowflake symbol or the mud and snow (M+S) designation. Top up wiper fluid for clearer visibility and pack an emergency kit including blanket, food and water.

Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions only. It takes more time and distance to come to a complete stop on wet, icy or snowy roads. Adjust your speed to the conditions and always maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles.

Make important calls before you get in your vehicle and let your family and friends know you’re not available while driving. If you’re on a longer drive, use highway rest stops to take a break and check your messages.

Pull over as soon as you start to feel drowsy. Get out and walk around to get some fresh air. If that’s not enough, pull over to a safe area, turn off your car and take a nap.

Plan for a safe ride home. If your plans involve alcohol, make sure you plan how you’re getting home before you head out.