ICBC has posted on their Newsroom site tips to help drivers in the lower mainland stay safe in the winter weather conditions. Crashes increase significantly between November and January each year and statistically there are 85 car accidents that result in death or injury in the lower mainland each of these months. Driving too fast is often a contributing factor in crashes resulting in death or injury. In poor weather, make sure that you slow down, increase your following distance and allow extra time for travel. In addition, the following are ICBC’s top 6 tips for lower mainland drivers:
- Consider using your headlights whenever weather to help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers.
- Heavy rain can seriously reduce visibility and make road surfaces more difficult to stop on. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and increase your following distance to at least four seconds.
- When fog hits, turn your headlights on or use fog lights if its very foggy. Use your defroster to keep your windows clear and, if needed, partly roll down a window for more visibility. Use the right edge of the road or road markings as a guide.
- When temperatures near freezing, be aware of black ice. While its virtually impossible to see ahead of time, if you notice ice buildup on your windshield, there’s likely black ice on the road. Slow down and increase your following distance so you can see how vehicles around you are moving on the road. Black ice is commonly found at shaded areas, bridges, overpasses and intersections.
- The key to driving in snow and ice is to accelerate and brake slowly and avoid unexpected sudden movements that could cause you to skid.
- In poor conditions, use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance vehicles on the road and never pass on the right. Be patient and maintain a safe following distance – these vehicles throw up snow and spray which can make it difficult to see.