Why Pedestrians and Drivers Need to be Aware NOW More than Ever

October 23, 2015
Pedestrian Safety

It’s fall, which means darker days and colder, wetter weather. It’s no surprise, then, that nearly double the pedestrians are injured by vehicles from November to January than from June to August. Mother Nature is not the only one playing a role in this. Drivers and pedestrians have to take responsibility, too. ICBC has found the following are the leading causes of crashes with pedestrians from the drivers’ standpoint. Distracted driving Failure to yield right of way Poor weather...

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Watch the Old Port Mann Bridge Disappear in 30 Seconds

October 22, 2015

It’s official. The old Port Mann Bridge has been completely dismantled and demolition work is now done. Built in 1964 as a key part of the Trans-Canada Highway, this iconic bridge spanned the Fraser River between Surrey and Coquitlam and served traffic moving in and out of Greater Vancouver for many, many years. Construction of the new 10 lane Port Mann Bridge required dismantling the old bridge, which began in December 2012. Why Couldn’t We Keep the Old Bridge?...

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On the Case for Safety: Wildlife Detection Systems on Highway 3

October 21, 2015
Installation 2

If you have travelled BC Highway 3 lately, you might have noticed some special looking signs and equipment being installed at the side of the road. What’s the scoop? Well, because deer, elk, and moose can sometimes wander onto B.C.’s highways and have the potential to cause serious crashes, we are piloting two new high-tech wildlife detection systems on Highway 3 to help keep both motorists and wildlife safe. How do they work? When large animals approach the highway,...

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Crashes and Highway Closures: Why the Delay?

October 19, 2015

When any BC highway is closed due to a crash, some of the questions and comments we get are: “Why is it taking so long to open the road?” “Don’t you just take some pictures and move the vehicles to the side?” “Surely you can open one lane; there are lots of people waiting.” These are good questions, but unfortunately it’s not that simple. When there is likelihood there may be criminal charges or someone is killed or seriously...

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How to Measure Tire Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

October 16, 2015
How to Measure Tire Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

We want to show you how to measure your tires’ tread depth. It’s painless, quick and easy – heck, we were even able to fit it all in this 15-second video. Winter tires are important, but only if you have enough tread. Legally, you cannot have less than 3.5 mm (approximately 5/32 of an inch) on most highways in British Columbia between October 1 and March 31. If you barely have the legal minimum depth of tread, you should...

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Slow Down, Pull Over and Stay Inside.

October 14, 2015
Slow Down Pull Over Stay Inside

When it comes to preparing for an emergency, our friends at PreparedBC know the drill. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to have them share their valuable insight on what to do if you are driving when an earthquake strikes. Read on friends… “Drop, Cover, Hold On.” If you live or travel in BC, let’s hope these four words aren’t news to you. They describe the first three life-saving actions to take during an earthquake. Drop to the...

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DriveBC Turns 10! A History of Travellers Information Communication in BC

October 13, 2015
Celebrating DriveBC 10 Year Anniversary Canva

How do you get your road condition information? Email alerts? On Twitter @DriveBC? Watching BC HighwayCams? Before the internet, before television, heck – even before radio, British Columbians have been exploring this beautiful province in their cars; and ever since those cars started rolling out and about – highway travellers have been looking for information on road conditions. That is where our journey to communicate road condition information began and it continues to this very day – the safety...

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