Taking Care on the Drive Home
Prince George, B.C. – The long weekend is wrapping up, and that means plenty of folks will be back in their vehicles heading home, and the drive could present some smoky challenges.
There are smoky conditions in most regions of the Province of B.C. and Ministry of Transportation Executive Director of Engineering, Ed Miska is hoping drivers will take measures to ensure their vehicles can be seen in areas where visibility may be reduced “Turn on your headlights” says Miska “when you turn on your headlights, both your front and rear lights come on, so not only can you see better ahead of you, those motorists behind you can see you ”
He advises motorists to be on the lookout for livestock and wildlife on the roadways as they have been fleeing the fires.
He says drivers can also help reduce the risk of starting a fire, by ensuring their vehicles are in good operating condition “Locked brakes, or dragging sway bars or safety chains on vehicles can create sparks and we want to avoid those.”
There are a number of highway closures in effect, and that situation is fluid, so drivers are asked to plan their route ahead of time, and to check DRIVE BC frequently for any possible changes or updates.
Miska says the bottom line is simple, “The important thing is we want everyone to get where they are going, safely.”