With the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims upon us, the New Westminster Police Department, in partnership with ICBC, encourages drivers to reflect on how their own driving behaviours can help keep themselves and others on the road safe this winter.
The following are some tips for driving in poor or dangerous weather conditions (adapted from ICBC website):
- Make sure your wipers are in good condition and increase your following distance to at least four seconds so that you have time to stop if you need to.
- Make sure your tires are right for the conditions you may be driving in and check your tire pressure regularly—pressure drops in cold weather and overinflated tires can reduce gripping.
- Take transit, work from home or adjust your hours of work to avoid driving in rush hour traffic.
- Check the road conditions, especially if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area. Many highways in BC require drivers to use winter tires or chains from October 1 to April 30. You can find regional maps on tire requirements on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s website and learn how to properly use chains.
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists – especially in dark, poor weather when visibility is limited, at intersections and near transit stops.
NWPD is currently participating in ICBC’s Speed Relative to Conditions Campaign with the goal of promoting safe driving behaviours in poor weather conditions.