What better way to enjoy the long weekend than getting on the highway and enjoying our provincial back yard?
So much to see. So much to do. But, with that extra day comes extra traffic, and in warmer weather, extra construction, so it’s more important than ever to make that one vital driving decision…
To drive safely.
Know before you go…and…pssst, we can help you with that.
Here are some tips for a safe trip:
- Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times, allowing extra time for possible delays that may occur due to increased traffic over the long weekend.
- Check DriveBC for the latest road conditions, weather, incidents, planned events (road construction and maintenance) and special events like parades, races and filming. You can also phone for road conditions toll free at 1 800 550-4997.
- Follow our Twitter accounts: DriveBC and TranBC, to get up-to-date information on your desktop or your mobile phone.
- Stay safe by wearing seatbelts, obeying all posted speed limits and, if the weather is bad, slowing down according to road conditions and maintaining a safe following distance.
- Make sure your vehicle is up for the drive by checking engine oil, washer fluid, lights, and tires, including the spare.
- Put all phones away. Turn off cell phones or store them out of reach to avoid the temptation. Research shows five seconds of texting at highway speeds is like driving blindfolded for almost the length of an entire football field.
And a few more things to be aware of while on the road this long weekend:
- Slow Down Move Over law – applies to all vehicles displaying a flashing red, blue or yellow light. It helps with safety for first responders, tow truck drivers, highway maintenance workers and our Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement team.
- Cone Zones – with nicer weather comes increased construction. Please be aware of those roadside workers doing their jobs and wanting to do it safely.
- Variable Speed Limit Systems – are now in place in three locations across the province: the Coquihalla, the Sea to Sky and Highway 1, west of Revelstoke. Please pay attention for any posted speed limit changes while travelling on these corridors.
It’s important to drive safely, not only for you but for your friends and family and for those other drivers on the road. Plan ahead.