ICBC and police warn northern B.C. residents of driving challenges this fall

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the weather we are currently experiencing, ICBC and police are reminding drivers to slow down and take the necessary precautions while driving in winter conditions.

ICBC says in poor weather, slow down, increase your following distance and allow extra travel time.

ICBC lists the top 5 challenges northern B.C. drivers face in the fall as the following:

  1. Ice and snow can hit unexpectedly so make sure your tires are rated for the conditions you’ll be driving in this winter. Check your tire pressure regularly – pressure drops in cold weather and overinflated tires can reduce gripping.

  2. When severe winter conditions arrive, consider alternatives – take public transit if possible, carpool with a confident driver whose vehicle is equipped for the conditions, take a taxi, work from home or wait until the road crews have cleared major roads. Sometimes the best option is to leave the car at home.

  3. 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. Keep in mind that daytime running lights usually don’t activate your taillights too.

  4. Clear off any snow that’s built up on your vehicle’s headlights and wheel wells before driving; it can affect your ability to see and steer.

  5. In poor weather, 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 notice a vehicle stopped on the side of the road with flashing red, blue or yellow lights, you’re required to slow down and move over.

“As the weather gets darker earlier and conditions worsen, it’s really important that drivers remember to adjust their speed and slow down when driving in bad weather conditions,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Always check drivebc.ca before heading out so you’re fully prepared for the road conditions ahead.”

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