Posts Tagged ‘ winterdriving ’

Watch How We Get Through Winter on the Coquihalla

Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol

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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Why Stopping Distances Matter More During the Winter

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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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Is Your Impatience a Safety Concern on the Coq?

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There’s an essential rule about sharing the road with snowplows: NEVER pass them on the right. This winter, there have been 11 collisions between cars and snowplows, on one BC highway alone. That’s a lot of crashes and a lot of stress, grief and costs for a lot of people! Check out this video, featuring VSA Highway Maintenance, our contractor responsible for the Coquihalla Highway. The reason why you don’t want to pass an operating plow on the right,...

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15 Seconds to Safety: Clearing Snow Off Your Vehicle

Clearing Snow Off Vehicle

When we asked you about your winter driving pet peeves, one of the most common responses was drivers who don’t clear their entire vehicle of snow. We’ve all seen those rolling snowballs with only the front (and maybe the rear) windows having been touched by a snow brush. There are a couple reasons why drivers who don’t clear their vehicles peeve people off. With no line of sight out the side windows or mirrors, the guilty driver has an...

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15 Seconds to Safety: Are Your Tail Lights On?

Are your tail lights on?

One of the most common mistakes drivers are making these dark, wintry days is failing to activate their tail lights. If you’re ever trailing one of these phantom cars, either during a cloudy day or even at night, chances are there are one or more misconceptions at play. Misconceptions: Tail lights are like daytime running lights: they are always on. Not true. They turn on with the headlights. A lit up dashboard means all lights are on. Not always...

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Know When to Slow for Weather With Variable Speed Signs

Variable speed limit sign in winter

We’re big fans of the maxim: “drive to conditions.” Highway travellers improve their safety dramatically by following those three words, especially in winter. Our highway engineers set speed limits based on IDEAL driving conditions – think bare, dry roads and warm, clear weather. Once factors mess with these conditions – be it fog, rain, snow… whatever – drivers should adjust by slowing to a sensible speed. Now, you may have noticed crews installing new signs on sections of the...

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A Winter Reminder: Don’t Pass Snow Plows with Flashing Lights

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It’s early in the winter driving season, and we’re all getting used to the white stuff again, but we’ve had a couple incidents lately where travellers have tried to pass snow plows on the right hand side while the plows are actively working. Don’t do this. Not only is passing an active plow dangerous for you, it’s dangerous for the plow operators and drivers around you. Be patient. Snow plow operators will pull over and let you pass as...

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How to Pack Your Vehicle Emergency Kit in 15 Seconds

Fifteen Seconds Emerg Kit

We all wish we had ultra-handy skills like MacGyver, right? Right. But let’s face it – we don’t. We cannot fashion a flashlight out of a pop bottle. Nor can we craft winter gloves out of the fluff between the seats. It’s just not going to happen. But an emergency on the road might happen, and you don’t want to be stuck in the cold wishing you had packed a winter emergency kit. It doesn’t take much effort. In...

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Welcome to Fall in BC (as Seen on BC HighwayCams)

Peace View Rest Area

It’s official. Summer is gone and autumn is upon us. A quick look around our BC HighwayCams on DriveBC confirms it. What does the first day of fall look like in BC? It looks like gold at the Peace View Rest Area (above). Stay gold Peace View, stay gold… Fog has settled in at Wire Cache. Yes, that is snow at Heckman Summit in the Southern Interior. (Don’t sweat it – make the Shift into Winter now and you’ll...

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Unleashing the Snowcats: Clearing the Terrace-Kitimat Blizzard

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How do you clear the roads when the amount of snowfall over 36 hours amounts to the height of the average Canadian adult? You get creative, and look to the ski hills. When 168 cm (5’6”) of snow fell in the Terrace-Kitimat area between February 5 and 7 (4pm-4am, 2015), local maintenance contractor Nechako Northcoast brought in heavy equipment from outside, such as graders, loaders, and three snowcats. Typically used on ski hills, these cool cats are designed to...

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