Having a Safe Holiday Road Trip
Prince George, B.C. – Offices are closing early, and plans are being made to hit the road to head out for the Christmas weekend. RCMP and ICBC are hoping drivers will take precautions to ensure this is a safe and happy holiday.
Every year, between 6 pm on Christmas Eve and midnight on Boxing Day, on average, 20 people are injured in 90 crashes in the North Central region of B.C.
So there are things that can be done to minimize the risk of being involved in a crash:
Check your vehicle. Many B.C. highways require winter tires, labelled with either the mountain/snowflake symbol or the mud and snow (M+S) designation. Top up wiper fluid for clearer visibility and pack an emergency kit including blanket, food and water.
Check the road conditions. Drive BC has up to date information on the kind of road conditions on your planned route. Knowing what lies ahead can help you prepare your travel time so there is no need to rush.
Slow down. Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions only. It takes more time and distance to come to a complete stop on wet, icy or snowy roads. Adjust your speed to the conditions and always maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles.
Avoid distractions. Make important calls before you get in your vehicle and let your family and friends know you’re not available while driving. If you’re on a longer drive, use highway rest stops to take a break and check your messages.
Take a break. Pull over as soon as you start to feel drowsy. Get out and walk around to get some fresh air. If that’s not enough, pull over to a safe area, turn off your car and take a nap.
Plan for a safe ride home. If your plans involve alcohol, make sure you plan how you’re getting home before you head out. Choose a designated driver or keep money aside for a bus or taxi. Operation Red Nose is also available in 20 B.C. communities to help get you and your car home.