The ICBC newsroom has today posted and article about the increased incidence of speed related crashes that lead to injury or fatality between November and January. In these months there is a 50% increase with nearly 250 crashes each month relating to speed. ICBC highlights that driving too fast for road conditions is a factor in most of these speed related crashes. For this reason ICBC and the police are appealing to motorist to adjust their driving, and in particular their speed, for the road conditions. In poor weather, slow down, increase your following distance and allow extra time to get to your destination.
ICBC also provides the following tips to help you stay safe with the changing weather:
- 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.
- 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 it is virtually impossible to see ahead of time, if you notice ice build-up 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.
If you are in a motor vehicle accident, make sure that you call a lawyer to get advice on how to proceed. Initial consultations are free and are meant to give you the information to ensure that you are not compromising your ICBC claim.