Posts Tagged ‘ Knowbeforeyougo ’

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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B.C. Highway and Traffic Cameras Join DriveBC under Open511

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if it helps plan a safe journey. DriveBC, one of government’s most popular and valued services, lets commuters, truckers and vacationers in British Columbia see the road ahead with pictures from thousands of highway and traffic cameras. Whether moving goods or commuting to work, travelers want to see that their road is safe to drive. Seeing the road gives travelers the information and confidence they need to avoid delays or take...

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What’s the Difference Between TranBC and DriveBC on Twitter?

Han Solo and Chewbacca…  Batman and Robin… Robin Hood and Little John… A dynamic duo is usually two things: United by a common goal or cause Made up of two distinctive personalities We at TranBC and DriveBC are not heroes. Nay, we are but men and women from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, united by the goal to give you the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions about travelling B.C. highways. Our approaches to tweeting...

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The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol: 10 Steps to Highway Safety

BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt (also known as the Coquihalla or “the Coq”) is a busy transportation corridor through a high mountain pass, and because of this high elevation, the Coquihalla can experience periods of heavy snowfall. Don’t let that worry you though – VSA Highway Maintenance, our maintenance contractor for the route, has a plan. It’s called “the Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol” and it’s every bit as important as it sounds. What exactly is the protocol and...

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Crashes and Highway Closures: Why the Delay?

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

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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Talk About an Information Highway – Open 511 meets DriveBC

BC highway condition and event information is wide open. Open511 that is. We are thrilled to announce that valuable highway information (or data) such as: road closures and construction work, is now available to you as Open511– DriveBC. What will you do with all this great data? We are excited to find out. What is Open511? Open511 stems from the open data movement, which is basically the idea that certain data should be available in a standard format for everyone...

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How Information is Updated on DriveBC and Why You Might Notice a Delay

When it comes to resources for the travelling public to inform them what’s happening on our BC highways, DriveBC is pretty great. Whether it’s info on construction (current or planned), rock slides, avalanche, maintenance, special events, vehicle collisions, inland ferry delays, or updates on when our roads will open or services will resume …basically anything that could impact your travel plans is shared on the website. But how does the information go from “in the field” to on the...

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Ask Drive BC: Your Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions

If you drive BC, we want you to “know before you go” by making DriveBC a regular part of pre-trip planning. Whatever we can do to make using the traveller information system easier, we’re all for. That includes answering your questions. We noticed some common questions, so we thought it would be a good idea to put them together as a helpful resource. Got a question about DriveBC? Good chance you’ll find the answer here: Q: How do you...

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