Stay Safe on the Roads – Reminder from Northern Health
Prince George, B.C. – “Car crashes are not accidents” says Natasha Thorne, Northern Health’s Regional Nursing Lead for Injury Prevention, “They are preventable”.With plenty of folks on the roads during the holiday season and significant snowfall throughout the Northern Health region, Thorne has issued some reminders.
“Even if the roads look bare, ice can be found in patches and impact your ability to steer or stop” reminds Thorne.
She suggests drivers prepare themselves and their vehicles before heading out. That means checking current road conditions and forecasts, plan your route, and give yourself lots of time. “It’s important to leave at least 4 seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you and have an emergency plan and equipment with you in case you are stuck on a highway or roads that aren’t easily accessible.”
Having an emergency kit with you is a smart idea says Thorne “To throw an extra emergency blanket into the back seat of your vehicle, some gloves, toques, cell phone charger for your car if you have one. We in the north have long distances of highways where it could take a little bit of time for emergency vehicles, or a tow truck to reach you.”
Snowtires are a must and should bear the mountain or snowflake symbol. They are legal requirements on most northern highways from October 1st to March 31st.
Although the region has already been experiencing winter conditions for some time now, Thorne says the reminder is important “We just thought it was a good opportunity to remind people who are travelling as there is an increase of folks travelling on Northern highways visiting family over the holidays. Traditionally, Northern B.C. does se an increase in crashes starting in October, so we just thought it was a good opportunity to remind people who are travelling.”