Be Prepared

October 7, 2013
Be Prepared

Winter causes dangerous conditions that require preparation, knowledge and skill to navigate safely. Snow, ice, slush, rain, and fog affect driving conditions in different ways, and rapid changes in elevation can make British Columbia’s highway conditions unpredictable. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Shift Into Winter site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Signpost Ahead: B.C. Highway Speed Limit and Safety Review

October 4, 2013
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We’ve been talking with you recently about how speed limits are set on B.C. highways. Sounds like some of you are in favour of an increase in limits, while others feel fine with the speed we are at. In order to get a really clear picture of the dashboard, we are stepping the discussion into high gear with a formal B.C. highway speed limit review, beginning with a public consultation beginning in November (more details on that coming soon)....

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It’s ShakeOut Time: What’s Under Your Desk?

October 2, 2013
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We’ll never turn down a chance to plug emergency preparedness. So when the folks at TranBC asked us to help promote The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, we wholeheartedly said, yes! As Emergency Management BC’s Social Media Unit, disaster readiness is a subject close to our heart – and one we know will eventually matter to everyone. But getting that message across isn’t easy, which means we spend a lot of time thinking about how to get your attention. With...

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Mother Nature Bares All for Fall on DriveBC Highway Webcams

September 30, 2013
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Weather and road conditions in British Columbia are some of the most diverse in the country, especially as we move through fall before shifting into winter. A sunny day in the Lower Mainland can turn into a blizzard at the Coquihalla summit quicker than you can say “time for tire chains.” Just ask Highway Thru Hell’s Jamie Davis, who witnesses drivers travel up the highway unprepared all too often. Or, to help you visualize just how different conditions can...

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Touring DriveBC: How to Use the Map

September 27, 2013
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Are you a visual learner? Some of us here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure sure are. One of the best ways to discover conditions along your B.C. highways route is to use DriveBC’s map view feature. The map allows you to view location specific highway information represented by various icons, including:   Road Conditions Incidents Current Planned Events Future Planned Events Dynamic Message Signs Webcams Weather Forecasts Current Weather High Elevation Weather Inland Ferries   To help...

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4 B.C. Permit Centre Upgrades Keep Truckers Moving

September 26, 2013
4 B.C. Permit Centre Upgrades Keep Truckers Moving

The commercial transport industry moves goods and services throughout B.C.’s more than 91,000 lane kilometres of provincial highway, so when industry folks asked for service improvements at the Provincial Permit Centre we listened and did something about it. We’ve made three upgrades to the centre’s toll-free line, and set up a new way to reach us, to help our “on- the-move” clients. Requesting permits and information is now easier, and more efficient and flexible. Together, these improvements add up...

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Road Safety Advice – 66 Characters at a Time

September 24, 2013
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Short, succinct and speaking to you in 66 characters or less, our dynamic message signs have a lot to say about safety. WHAT are dynamic message signs? You’ve likely noticed our big message signs overhead, and you may have seen them pictured on the DriveBC map. We call them “dynamic,” because their electronic messages change to help you stay safe and informed on the road – using two lines (or three lines on our biggest signs) of up to...

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