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October 27, 2017 4:09 pm

Taking Care on the Drive Home

Monday, August 7, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

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.”


Yes we want everyone to be safe on their drive home but when you have cow trails for highways what can you expect. No room for error.

Too bad the width of the roadway couldn’t be directly correlated to the number of accidents but then again, it can. The wider the road way, the less people pay attention, resulting in more crashes.

The narrower the roadway, the more people have to pay attention to what they’re doing and less accidents.

I guess its only when people think they should be able to travel at a very high speed on roads that were built for a much lower speed, or road surface conditions (weather) change and they still think they should be able drive fast, that reality sometimes has to kick in.

    “The wider the road way, the less people pay attention, resulting in more crashes.”

    FAKE NEWS!!!! Using meaningless statistics.

    The number of crashes is not a fair measure. The rate of crashes is.

    Highways are typically widened to accommodate higher traffic counts.

    Due to the higher traffic count on multi-lane highways, crashes may increase. However, the rate of crashes decreases.

    Thus multi-lane highways are generally safer.

      I would agree completely. Want even more safety? Divide the highways.

    Another source ……

    “Widening the lanes on a bend can reduce the risk of head-on crashes by giving drivers more room to get around the bend without crossing into the opposing lane. Similarly, widening turn lanes can improve safety, especially for larger vehicles. Widening traffic lanes on straight sections of multi-lane roads can reduce sideswipe crashes.”

    “On urban arterial roads, lane widths of between 2.75 and 3.75 metres are typically used. Through traffic lanes on rural roads less than 3.0 metres wide tend to have higher crash rates, and a lane width of 3.5 metres is often recommended (except where the presence of cyclists means that wider lanes are needed). It is usually safe for lanes approaching signalised urban intersections to be narrower than high speed through lanes on straight road sections.”

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    So, ‘Give more’, where did you come up with your theory?

    Show us the stats.

That’s really a strange rule, wider highway create more accidents. I always thought a wider road gives more information as to hazards like bad drivers. But ICBC has this under control and should brighten you up on road hazards and conditions.

Speed is not a reason for more accidents for alert drivers.

And I mean posted speed.

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