BC Travellers

Information of interest to commuters, tourists and recreational drivers in rural and urban BC.

Well That Happened: Snowy Driving Conditions in Victoria

Snow on Victoria, B.C. Legistlature building

Snow in Victoria South Vancouver Islanders woke up this morning, surprised to see to something that the rest of B.C. deals with on a near daily basis in winter – snow! Webcams showed heavy accumulations on the Malahat, Goldstream and Bamberton areas. It snarled traffic throughout Victoria and Sooke, and caused school closures. Highway maintenance crews are on it — keeping the primary corridors in good shape. We’ve got photos of the event here and on Flickr. And if...

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Winter Traction

Winter Traction

Why Small Rocks, Instead of Sand Home owners can treat icy sidewalks with sand, but on a slippery highway, whipping winds and passing trucks can blow away light material within minutes. Instead, when there’s a need for extra traction, our maintenance contractors often rely on a carefully prepared mixture of gravel and crushed stone. The industry term for it is “winter abrasive.” The particles in this mix need to be heavy enough to stay on the road in a...

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LED Warning Signs Improve Safety

Highway 3 near Skagit Bluffs (which is about 40 km east of Hope) can be a challenging drive, especially in the eastbound direction where there are tight turns and steep embankments. The posted speed along this section of highway is 80 km/h, but there is an advisory speed sign of 50 km/h posted about 100 m west of the bluffs. Even still, there have been a number of motor vehicle accidents where drivers have been travelling too fast and...

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Do I Need to Chain Up?

Yes and Maybe The first time I ever tried to put chains on my car was in a snowed-in mountainside parking lot. My fingers froze, the sun sank lower, and when I finally got the chains fastened, I crept down the snowy road with gritted teeth, wondering if I’d done it right. Trust me, you want to learn how to put chains on your vehicle before the need arises. If you need practice, then watch this video guide and...

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The Tow Plow

A tow plow being pulled behind a plow truck

Clearing More Lanes If you’re driving in the Castlegar, Golden, or North Vancouver Island areas this winter, keep an eye out for the new tow plows being used by our maintenance contractor, Emcon Services. A tow plow is a trailer that attaches behind a traditional plow truck. The plow truck driver can angle the tow plow into the next lane, making it possible to clear two lanes in a single pass. While the trailer may look wide and difficult...

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Are You and Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

Your favourite winter plans may involve ski resorts, stocking stuffers, or tropical beaches. But make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter too. How many of these steps have you taken so far this season? My vehicle has: winter windshield wipers winter tires in good condition a topped-up water reservoir a winter survival kit. See the full checklist here on our Shift into Winter website and stay safe.

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