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October 27, 2017 3:42 pm

Last Blast Of the Summer – Be Road Safe

Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 5:45 AM

Prince George, B.C.-   This is the last long weekend  of the summer,  and  for many,  it means  one last road trip  before  school starts.  

According to ICBC’s stats,   each year  in the  North Central region,  the Labour Day long weekend will see 120 crashes, resulting in  injury to  16 people.

Drivers should expect more volume on highways and roads with people taking their final summer road trip.

There are added challenges this year,  as there is still a great deal of wildfire smoke in many areas.  Driving with your headlights on so  you  can be seen by traffic behind  you,  and traffic that is approaching you.

Plan your trip be checking with  DriveBC  to  see which highways  are open.

ICBC warns drivers to watch for drowsy drivers and to look out for symptoms of fatigue in themselves. According to drivers participating in a recent poll* by ICBC, more than half (55%) reported to being tired at least some of the time when travelling long distances.

Drowsiness can cause drivers to lose focus, slow their reaction time, impair their vision, and affect their ability to make good driving decisions

ICBC  offers these simple tips

  • Get enough sleep. Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep to be well-rested and alert the next day.

  • Travel in the morning. Sleepiness can affect people throughout the day, but drivers are prone to drowsy driving in the late-afternoon and late at night when the body’s circadian rhythm dips.**

  • Take frequent breaks. Schedule a break at least once every two hours. Use this time to send an update to family and friends, or to check road conditions. There are currently two rest areas that have free Wi-Fi – the Britton Creek stop on the Coquihalla near Merritt, and the Glacier View rest area on Highway 16 near Smithers.

  • Share the driving with others. Split the responsibility to get to your destination safely with other drivers in your vehicle.

RCMP  will be on the highways watching for aggressive  drivers.


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