5 Easy Ways to be a Better Winter Driver

November 4, 2014
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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Happy Halloween from TranBC

October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween from TranBC

We love Halloween, and we know you love it too. Take care out there today, and remember to watch out for little ones this evening as they take to the streets in search of treats. See, be seen, drive safely and have fun. Happy Hallowe’en everyone!  

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Chain Up Tips You Need to Know for Commercial Vehicles

October 29, 2014
Commercial Vehicles preparing for winter travel

Whether we like it or not, it’s true. It’s time to Shift into Winter and all drivers need to be prepared. And, and those that spend a lot of time travelling our BC roads, helping the economy move, are commercial vehicles. Below is a notice to the trucking industry that was posted a while back that we thought was worth sharing again: “Be advised, as the winter travel season is fast approaching that you may be required to install tire...

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

October 24, 2014
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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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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...

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Do Motorcycles Need Winter Tires in BC?

October 17, 2014
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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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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...

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