Driving on winter roads can be treacherous. ICBC statistics indicate that speed related crashes resulting in injury or fatality increase significantly during the snowy months which is why ICBC is asking motorists to slow down, increase following distance and allow extra travel time when there is snow or ice on the roads. ICBC gives the following five tips for driving in winter conditions:
- Make sure that your tires are rated for the conditions you’ll be driving in during winter. Check your tire pressure regularly as pressure drops in cold weather and overinflated tires can reduce gripping;
- When severe winter conditions arrive, consider alternatives to driving such as public transit, carpooling with a confident driver who’s car is equipped for the conditions, take a taxi, work from home or wait until work crews have cleared major roads. Sometimes the best option is to leave the car at home.
- Consider using headlights whenever weather is poor and visibility is reduced to see ahead and be seen by other drivers.
- Clear off any snow that’s built up on your vehicle’s headlights and wheel wells before driving, as built up snow can affect your ability to see and steer.
- In poor weather, use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance and vehicles on the road and never pass on the right. Be patient and maintain a safe following distance, as these vehicles throw up snow and spray which can make it difficult to see.
If you are involved in a car accident this winter, make sure you contact a lawyer that is experienced in dealing with ICBC claims. At Rose Keith Law Corporation we offer free initial consultations during which time we can provide you with the information that you need to make sure that your rights are protected.