While it was a good run of nice weather in October, it’s that time of year again.
Members from ICBC, the Ministry of Transportation, Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement (CVSE), Caribou Road Service, the RCMP, and Taylor Fire Department were on hand giving drivers at the Taylor Hill some pointers on how to “shift into winter.”
“In the winter time that’s where the problems start on Taylor Hill,” says George Giersch, the supervisor at the Pouce Coupe Inspection Station for CVSE.
“We’re making sure drivers are prepared for winter, we give them information on what to do and where to check for road conditions.”
According to ICBC, crashes resulting in injuries raises on average from 123 in October to 246 in December.
Among the advice they dispensed was to drive for the conditions — slow down, follow at safe distances, keep an eye out for black ice, and avoid sudden moves.
Winter tires — either with three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol (the best) or M + S (mud and snow) symbol — are required on Peace region highways from October 1 to April 30.
For commercial trucks, it’s important to have the right tires and chain up.
“This section of highway it is mandated that every vehicle over 27,000 kilos carries tire chains,” says Giersch. “We’re telling the guys when the lights are on at the bottom of the hill that the vehicles that are required to chain up make sure they do chain up.”
Make sure you check road conditions ahead of time. If conditions are bad, ask yourself if you really need to go now, and if the answer is yes, make sure to leave lots of time to get your destination.
Go to drivebc.ca to check conditions. For more information, go to ShiftIntoWinter.ca.