Current Road Safety Campaign
Drive for Conditions
Speed-related crashes that result in injury or fatality increase by over 50 per cent in B.C. between November and January – totaling nearly 250 crashes each of these months. Eighty-five of these crashes occur in the Lower Mainland each month.*
Driving too fast for the road conditions is a factor in most speed related crashes.** That's why ICBC and police are appealing to Lower Mainland drivers to adjust their driving for the road conditions they encounter. In poor weather, slow down, increase your following distance and allow extra travel time.
Throughout November, police across B.C. will be looking for drivers travelling at unsafe speeds.
Top 6 tips for Lower Mainland drivers:
1. Consider using your headlights whenever weather is poor and visibility is reduced – not only at night – to help you see ahead and be seen by other drivers.
2. Heavy rain can seriously reduce visibility and make road surfaces more difficult to stop on. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and increase your following distance to at least four seconds.
3. When fog hits, turn your headlights on or use fog lights if it's very foggy. Use your defroster to keep your windows clear and, if needed, partly roll down a window for more visibility. Use the right edge of the road or road markings as a guide.
4. When temperatures near freezing, be aware of black ice. While it's virtually impossible to see ahead of time, if you notice ice build-up on your windshield, there's likely black ice on the road. Slow down and increase your following distance so you can see how vehicles around you are moving on the road. Black ice is commonly found at shaded areas, bridges, overpasses and intersections.
5. The key to driving in snow and ice is to accelerate and brake slowly and avoid unexpected sudden movements that could cause you to skid.
6. In poor conditions, use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance vehicles on the road and never pass on the right. Be patient and maintain a safe following distance – these vehicles throw up snow and spray which can make it difficult to see.
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Pedestrians at risk
Crashes with pedestrians spike in fall and winter as the weather changes and daylight hours decrease.
When pedestrians get hurt, nobody wins. Whether you’re driving on the road or on the sidewalk, safety is up to all of us. Almost one in five people killed in car crashes across B.C. are pedestrians.
The sobering fact is that nearly 75 per cent of crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections. Year-round, crashes involving pedestrians happen most often on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Distracted Driving Campaign