Tips and How Tos

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

Our Transportation Partners: Who Does What in BC?

We’ve talked with you before about what the heck it is we do anyways – but lately we have begun to realize that there might be some confusion around what we don’t do; Or rather – where exactly we step out of the transportation picture and where our transportation partners, such as ICBC and Road SafetyBC, municipalities and the federal government step in and help you. Here’s a rundown of what those partners do, in a nutshell. 1. ICBC...

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5 Easy Ways to be a Better Winter Driver

How to Drive Better in Winter

Police officers see it all in winter. Consider them experts in what to do (and not to do) to make the “shift into winter” and travel safely through the chilly season. Staff Sgt. Pat McTiernan is one such officer. He’s the Operations NCO for the North District Traffic Services (a division of the RCMP) out of Prince George. We recently talked to him to get some expert advice on how drivers can get ready for winter driving. It’s really...

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Warning: If You’re a Distracted Driver, it’s Going to Cost You

New Penalties

Starting October 20th, 2014, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act regulations means an increase in driver penalty points (from 0 to 3) for those caught talking on a handheld device while driving. This new penalty also covers: watching a DVD, programming a phone’s GPS. operating hand-held audio players. The points will be combined with the $167 fine that already exists and makes it all now in line with the penalty currently given to drivers for texting. To get really...

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7 Things You Need to Know BEFORE Driving the Coquihalla and High Mountain Passes

Coquihalla safety tips

Coquihalla, Rogers Pass, Bear Pass, Pine Pass…are you ready? If you live on the Coast, you may not travel BC’s mountains very often. We’ve noticed a number of those living in those areas aren’t always ready to go from wet Lower Mainland winter to snowy BC Interior/ Northern winter. Sure those mountains make the perfect backdrop to all those Hollywood North movies; and of course, they’re gorgeous looking when all covered in a fresh dusting of snow. Don’t be...

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Flashing green lights and what they mean

Pop Quiz! Red means stop, yellow means proceed with caution and green means go. But what does flashing green mean? Someone recently asked us if we could clarify this for them and here’s the answer. A flashing green light on a traffic signal means the signal is pedestrian activated. So, when you approach a flashing green light, use caution, because the signal could be activated by a pedestrian at any time and you might have to stop and let...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements in effect as of October 1 on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new...

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How to Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow Truck

You could be anywhere when your vehicle fails unexpectedly. Whether it’s a busy freeway or a quiet neighbourhood street, there’s a sense of vulnerability when you’re left stranded. Tow truck operators like Larry Styba regularly come to B.C. travellers’ rescue. That’s their job. But their job puts them in vulnerable positions, too. We recently talked to Larry about how travellers can protect themselves and tow truck operators in cone zones on B.C. Highways. TranBC: Hi Larry. Thanks for joining...

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3 Things You Need To Know About How We Update Information on DriveBC

DriveBC is our most popular website and it’s easy to see why. It’s the place you go to find out everything you need to know about road conditions and events across the province and to make informed decisions about travelling, before you head out on the highway. Recently, you asked us how and when information is updated on the site. It’s a good question and one we are happy to answer (along with a couple of other questions sent...

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To Drive and Protect

How You Can Save Police from Roadside Injuries Police officers not only enforce Cone Zones, they are also protected by them. Sure, bright orange pylons aren’t usually present to announce when an officer is in a vulnerable position, but drivers should still approach with caution police and other emergency personnel working along roads. RCMP Staff Sgt. Pat McTiernan has been experiencing Cone Zones from the perspectives of both enforcer and roadside worker for 35 years. He has been struck,...

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