(ICBC)

Expect unpredictable road conditions this long weekend, says ICBC

On average, four people are killed and 650 people are injured in 2,100 crashes in B.C. this weekend

Snow, sleet, rain, hail and fog are all potential fall conditions on the roads this Thanksgiving long weekend.

On average, four people are killed and 650 people are injured in 2,100 crashes in B.C. this weekend.

As of October 1, drivers are required to use winter tires on many B.C. highways including parts of Vancouver Island, based on ICBC data from 2013 to 2017.

RELATED: Authorities issued one fine in 2017 for violating winter tire rules

RELATED: B.C.’s winter tire rules in effect for most highways

ICBC implores drivers to know their route and check drivebc.ca for road and weather conditions at this unpredictable time of year.

Ensure your vehicle’s headlights and taillights are in working order, keep wiper fluid topped up for clearer visibility and don’t drive with badly worn or under-inflated tires. Winter tires are now required on many B.C. highways including the Malahat and the Coquihalla.

Remember posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions, ICBC suggests. When driving on snow, ice, slush or in rain or fog, slow down. Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slippery roads and avoid driving through flooded or washed out roads.

Watch for signs of wildlife: Animals may be feeding on plants near the roadside this spring. Slow down and use caution when you see wildlife on or near a highway, so you have time to react if an animal crosses your path.

Regional statistics for Thanksgiving weekend:

  • In the Lower Mainland, 490 people are injured in 1,400 crashes
  • On Vancouver Island, 78 people are injured in 280 crashes
  • In the Southern Interior, 56 people are injured in 300 crashes
  • In the North Central region, 18 people are injured in 140 crashes


c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Smoke-free summer a boon for West Kootenay tourism

Tourism centres seeing numbers up

Saving lives on grocery list for Castlegar responders on Wednesday

Crews attended local supermarkets three times during the day

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

National trail group decries province’s plans for West Kootenay trail

Converting trail back to motorized use will harm its international reputation, says official

Cannings to pedal through South Okanagan — West Kootenay riding

MP leaves from Nakusp on Aug. 23 and ends in Kaleden on Aug. 29.

Black Press Career Fair underway in Cranbrook at Days Inn

Opportunities abound for employers and job seekers

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

UPDATED: Kelly Ellard gets day parole extended for six more months, overnight leave

Kelly Ellard was convicted of killing 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. hockey player excited to join Humboldt Broncos

Defenceman Sebastien Archambault played last two seasons with Junior B Sicamous Eagles.

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

eng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

On vaccines, abortion, Goop, doctor Jen Gunter says: ‘I have a duty to speak up’

She speaks out on menstruation, the wellness industry and vaccines

Most Read