Posts Tagged ‘ driversafety ’

Watch How We Get Through Winter on the Coquihalla

The Coquihalla (BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt) is the province’s busiest mountain pass. At more than 1,200 metres in elevation, it’s also one of the routes hit hardest by heavy snowfall and other winter conditions. Fear not… we have a plan, and a team of professionals to execute what we call: The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol. When the snow flies, the team carries out a series of steps to make sure you safely make it up and over...

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What You Need to Know About Winter Weather on the “Coq”

We’ve heard from a few folks recently asking how they can travel the Coquihalla safely during the winter.  Apart from our usual recommendations for proper tires, checking DriveBC, keeping a full tank of gas and driving to conditions, we thought we could help travellers make better decisions around their travel by identifying some of the winter conditions found on the Coquihalla and explaining how they might impact travel. So, we asked our Weather Services Specialist, Simon Walker (who worked...

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Why Stopping Distances Matter More During the Winter

It’s pretty simple, really. Stopping distance is the distance it takes your vehicle to come to a complete stop once you apply your brakes. The faster you are travelling, the longer it will take you to come to a complete stop (and being able to stop your vehicle as quickly as possible when you need to is always a good thing). “Speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Winter driving conditions are not ideal. Slow down and drive safely!”...

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Learn All About Winter Maintenance Changes on Route to East Kootenay Highways

Have you ever wondered how maintenance contractors plan their approach to winter maintenance? Schedule their work around storm conditions? Or how about, what kind of equipment they have at the ready to keep BC highways safe? Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting will be holding open house sessions to share this kind of information about updates to their winter operations and how they plan to use new technology to improve service levels and public safety in their service area at the...

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Watch and Learn How to Drive Safely in the Cone Zone

Slow down near roadside workers. Pay attention to construction signs and traffic controllers. Respect the cone zone. We encourage all of the above. But what exactly does it all look like? Well, see for yourself in this video – you’re invited to get behind the wheel of a vehicle travelling through a cone zone on a BC highway. We guide you, step by step, through a lane closure using information bubbles (Pop-Up Video-style) to highlight what to watch out...

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How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

How to Share the Road Safely with Horseback Riders

You may see them travelling alongside or on a road… graceful, finely tuned four-legged vehicles with a person mounted on top…  They may be travelling from one farm to another, en route to a trail, or the road itself might be part of an equestrian trail. We’re talking about horses and horseback riders, which are fully entitled to use highways, just like cyclists, pedestrians and motorized vehicles. This is laid out in the BC Motor Vehicle Act (Part 3)...

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Challenging BC’s Best of the Best Vehicle Inspectors

The hustle. The sweat. The pressure to be the best… Commercial vehicle inspectors put their safety sense to the test at the 2016 CVSE Inspectors’ Challenge in Victoria, BC, June 13-17, 2016. The annual competition places seven CVSE inspectors under intense scrutiny in timed events, each competitor striving to show he or she is the sharpest at detecting hazardous vehicles, loads and drivers. The inspectors competed in four main competitions: Truck and trailer inspection, including driver; Dangerous goods inspection,...

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The One Way You Should Drive this Long Weekend

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What better way to enjoy the long weekend than getting on the highway and enjoying our provincial back yard? So much to see. So much to do. But, with that extra day comes extra traffic, and in warmer weather, extra construction, so it’s more important than ever to make that one vital driving decision… To drive safely. Know before you go…and…pssst, we can help you with that. Here are some tips for a safe trip: Plan ahead and be...

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Year One: What You Need to Know About Our Safety and Speed Report Card

In case you missed it, speed limits on certain stretches of BC highway changed following the Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review in 2014. It’s been more than a year since those new speed limits came in to effect.  To be sure those changes are keeping BC travellers safe, we’ve collected and closely reviewed one full year of speed and crash data for each section of highway where speed limits were increased. All the details of our post implementation...

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See the Road to Flood Recovery in South Peace

See the Road to Flood Recovery in South Peace

When severe flooding caused by heavy rains wiped out several sections of highway and side road in Northern BC, crews and heavy equipment were quick to respond. The Peace Region flooding began June 15, impacting 186 sites on six numbered highways (97 South, 2 at Dawson Creek, 29 South, 29 North, 52 North) and 40 side roads. There was serious devastation to infrastructure, homes and other personal property. But by noon on June 23, all six highways and 21...

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