Shift into Winter

An initiative to keep you safe and moving during the winter season, and the work we do to make sure you are.

How to Drive Around Snow Plows in BC

BC Snow Plow

Pop quiz! You’re driving a two-lane highway after a fresh dumping of snow. You spot the flashing lights of a snow plow up ahead in the left lane. You… a) Speed up to get ready to pass in the right lane; b) Maintain speed until you settle in close behind the plow; c) Flash your high beams until the plow truck pulls over to let you pass; d) Keep your distance until the plow truck pulls over to allow...

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Lose the Cruise Control in Winter

driving safety tip

When it comes to winter driving, cruise control can make you lose control, wherever you are in B.C. Snow, ice, slush, deep pools of water and even oil on water are slippery. These winter conditions plus snowfall, fog, rain and longer hours of darkness demand your full attention and quick reactions. The problem with using cruise control in those circumstance, comes when the car in front of you swerves, wildlife steps onto the road, you skid or something else...

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Separating Skiers and Roads – Our First-Ever Ski Underpass

Ski Underpass

Creating concrete structures for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and even animals to flow over, under or around roads is a speciality of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. And, now we’ve built a new kind of underpass for traffic that travels on two legs with two boards attached. It’s a ski underpass below Hudson Bay Mountain Road, near Smithers, and it provides safe passage for cross-country skiers. The tunnel links the Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre lodge and parking lot with...

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A List to Help You Travel Safely and Merry this Holiday

Winter Driving TIps

  The holidays are here, and many of us are taking to the highways to visit friends and family, or dusting off the skiis/snowboard for those glorious mountains. But to get there, you need to be prepared for winter driving conditions. Here’s a list of 6 ways to check before heading out: Look ahead at the route and weather. DriveBC has information on all highways in the province, including weather forecasts and highways cams. Prepare for an unexpected delay in cold temperatures by...

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Driving Divided Freeways in BC: 7 Tips You Need to Know

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There are many kinds of highways in BC: Rural highways, urban highways, primary highways, secondary highways, freeways and expressways just to name a few. Each type of highway serves a different purpose. For example, a freeway is a divided primary highway built for through traffic (as opposed to local traffic access) with two or more lanes in each direction of travel. These lanes are accessible via interchanges only. A good example of a freeway is BC Highway 5, also...

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How We Shift Into Winter

Winter prep

Every winter, we are very vocal about how important it is for drivers to equip themselves and their vehicles for winter. It’s not all talk; we also walk the walk (or, drive the drive?). To show how we prepare for winter, we asked our ministry staff in Prince George to guide us through the process of arranging fall maintenance for their fleet vehicles. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has about 500 fleet vehicles across British Columbia, and each...

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Why Some BC Highway Webcams Can Go Down in Winter

Snow and cams

When Old Man Winter makes his reappearance across the province in the fall, it’s time to make the shift into winter. Did you know that some of our BC Highway Cams have to make the shift into winter too? It’s true. Many of our cams are close to local power sources, making it easier for them to transmit data in all kinds of weather. But some of our more remote cams don’t have power close by and rely on...

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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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How to Choose from 4 Types of Tires for Winter Driving in BC

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There’s been a lot of tire talk lately, which is great. Winter is coming, and you obviously want to be prepared. We want you to be prepared, too. So, we thought we’d go over the four types of tires you are permitted to use when driving high mountain passes and other signed BC highways requiring winter tires for passenger vehicles. 1. Studded Winter Tires How to identify? M+S or Mountain/snowflake on sidewall and metal studs on tread Perform best...

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Do Motorcycles Need Winter Tires in BC?

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We’ve received many questions from motorcyclists wondering how winter tire regulations affect them. In a nutshell, here’s how motorcyclists should approach winter driving in BC. Motorcyclists are not required to use winter tires, as winter tires are not available for most motorcycles. Instead, motorcyclists should use common sense when deciding to drive on BC highways between October 1 and March 31. BUT: Cyclists should avoid driving in bad weather, and when Environment Canada or your weather app says bad...

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