Motorist must be prepared for wintry roads

Slow down, increase following distance and give yourself extra time to arrive

  • Dec. 11, 2014 7:00 a.m.

ICBC and police are warning drivers to be prepared for the challenges of driving in the fall and winter and adjust their driving to the road conditions they encounter.

In poor conditions, slow down, increase your following distance and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

Driving tips

Consider using your headlights whenever weather is poor and visibility is reduced – not only at night – to help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers.

• Ice and snow can hit unexpectedly. Early in the season, make sure your tires are rated for the conditions you may be driving in and check your tire pressure regularly – pressure drops in cold weather and overinflated tires can reduce gripping.

• Visit drive.bc to check road conditions for your entire route and for possible road closures.

• In extreme temperatures, keep your gas tank at least half-full to prevent freezing, top up your windshield wiper fluid and pack an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you get stranded or stuck. Clear off any snow that has accumulated on your vehicle, so it doesn’t fall off while driving.

 

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