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

October 24, 2014
GoT_mountain-snowflake

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...

Read more »

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

October 20, 2014
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 specific, under...

Read more »

Do Motorcycles Need Winter Tires in BC?

October 17, 2014
3420_H16_WB_EofBarretStnRd_&2WBMtrcycls_A_Jn1409

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...

Read more »

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

October 15, 2014
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...

Read more »

How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

October 14, 2014
10 Year Transportation Plan

What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you on what you feel is most important to you. This is all to fuel “BC on the Move,” a new 10-year transportation plan. Starting today (Oct 14, 2014), you can submit your feedback online. For a bit of background, you’ll...

Read more »

4 Paths to Protecting Painted Turtles in the Creston Valley

October 8, 2014
DSC_6031

Gravel and sand with a sunny southern exposure… If you were selling real estate to Western Painted Turtles ready to lay eggs, this would be a hot property. However, the saying about “location, location, location” holds true for turtles as well as humans. When a perfectly warmed gravel and sand pile is a road shoulder alongside a well-travelled route like West Creston Road, this is a risky nesting spot due to road maintenance work like shoulder grading. To protect...

Read more »

Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

October 6, 2014
Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you know before you go. By preparing yourself and your vehicle, you can defend yourself against this annual onslaught. Together with our Winter Driving Safety Alliance partners, we’re dedicated to giving you the knowledge and tools to enter this winter season with...

Read more »