With recent blizzard type conditions locally, it’s important to be ready for wintery driving conditions.
In some areas, this can often last into April, with blowing snow or compact snow at higher elevations, slushy or slippery sections and often limited visibility.
If you’re considering travel during a snowy time of the year, it’s a good idea to be prepared and check forecasts before setting off to ensure winter driving safety.
Wintery weather driving tips to remember:
- Check the local British Columbia Local Weather Forecast before you head out on the roads. You can also check the BC Road reports for current winter road conditions.
- If you’re driving to ski resorts, carry chains, and/or use winter snow tires.
- Ensure your vehicle brake system is working. Check or service your brakes to ensure even braking. Pulling, change in pedal feel, or unusual squealing or grinding may indicate they need service.
- Check your vehicle tire pressure especially before any highway driving. Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you best traction on winter roads.
- Carry a cell phone – fully charged. Cell phone service works in most parts of the region. Some areas at higher elevations and on the way to some local ski resorts do not pick up signals, however. Avoid back country roads where cell phones don’t always work.
- Carry extra warm clothing. Be sure to have an extra sweater, hat, gloves or mitts, a jacket, socks and warm winter boots.
- Ensure that your radiator cap, water pump and thermostat are working properly. Check hoses and drive belts for cracks and leaks.
- Drive slower than the posted speed limits in poor winter weather conditions.
- If you do get stuck, stay in your vehicle until help arrives. Try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth.
- Watch for black ice, where the road looks black and shiny. It is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses long after the sun has come out according to Transport Canada.
- It’s always a good idea to carry an emergency supply of snacks, candles, blankets and water in case you get stranded.