Tips and How Tos

Some suggestions and best practices when travelling BC highways to get you to your destination safely.

Creative Distracted Driving Messages From Around the World

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SPOILER ALERT – Distracted Driving is Really Dangerous. We took a look around the world and in our own backyard for some great videos reminding us of the dangers of distracted driving. Some are scary, some are hilarious, but all drive home the message that to do anything else but drive when you’re behind the wheel is dangerous for you and everyone else on the road. ICBC It doesn’t have to be long to get to the point. Here’s...

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What You Need to Know About Winter Weather on the “Coq”

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We’ve heard from a few folks recently asking how they can travel the Coquihalla safely during the winter.  Apart from our usual recommendations for proper tires, checking DriveBC, keeping a full tank of gas and driving to conditions, we thought we could help travellers make better decisions around their travel by identifying some of the winter conditions found on the Coquihalla and explaining how they might impact travel. So, we asked our Weather Services Specialist, Simon Walker (who worked...

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Do You Have a Permit for That?

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If you’re looking to use our highways beyond the regular to and from home or road trips, you may have to look at getting a permit. Do you want to film a movie on a BC highway? Do you want to carry a HUGE load on your truck? Do you need to move some cattle? To be able to do these things (and a few others), you’ll need to apply for a permit. Commercial Vehicle Permits – A commercial...

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Why BC is On the Alert against Mussel Invaders

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BC is on guard against nasty invasive mussels that attach themselves to boats in freshwater. (Not to be confused with useful, attractive muscles attached to people.) Specifically it’s quagga and zebra mussels that we’re preventing from entering our province. That’s why on BC’s roads you might see signs for watercraft inspection stations. The signs are directed to all boaters – those with power boats, row boats, inflatable boats, kayaks, canoes and even paddleboards. If it floats, the Ministry of...

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Driving in Circles is Fun (When You Know How to Do it Right)

Driving in Circles is Fun (When You Know How to Do it Right)

Roundabouts are successfully used all over the world, by millions of people every day; however, the appearance of roundabouts in our province over the last ten years has given rise to countless questions on how to use them properly. Because our goal here at TranBC is to help you understand the why and the how of transportation in British Columbia, we reviewed your most frequently asked roundabout questions and collected the best answers. In a multi-lane roundabout which lane...

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Seven Ways to Safely Wrap Up Your Summer on the Road

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As the warm weather continues but the summer months start running out…there is still time to get out and enjoy our beautiful province. But we want you to do it safely. Whether by motorcycle, boat, RV, car, truck or golf cart, the best way to travel BC is to do it without incident. Here are some resources we thought you’d find useful to read or share on modes of transportation, dangerous impacts, smart choices, furry friends and special occasions....

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Helpful Safety Advice for Sailing with Inland Ferries

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You may have crossed Upper Arrow Lake on our newest ferry, the M.V. Columbia, or witnessed river power at work on the Lytton Reaction Ferry, all the while marvelling at the beauty of BC’s waterways and natural surrounds… But have you ever thought about what you would do if one of our river and lake-crossing inland ferries had problems during the trip? If you haven’t, relax – we have you covered. Our vessels transporting passengers on our 14 inland...

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How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

You may see them travelling alongside or on a road… graceful, finely tuned four-legged vehicles with a person mounted on top…  They may be travelling from one farm to another, en route to a trail, or the road itself might be part of an equestrian trail. We’re talking about horses and horseback riders, which are fully entitled to use highways, just like cyclists, pedestrians and motorized vehicles. This is laid out in the BC Motor Vehicle Act (Part 3)...

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The One Way You Should Drive this Long Weekend

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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...

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The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

The Dark Side of Off-Road Vehicle Lights

Drivers who operate vehicles off road – working in the bush or enjoying wilderness recreation – now have access to a dazzling selection of specialized off-road vehicle lights and light bars, to brighten their way. But while these popular ultra-bright lights can be useful and fun, there’s a dark side. We frequently receive reports of motorists and commercial drivers, who are driving on highways with their off-roading lights turned on. Those drivers get a super illuminated view of what’s...

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