There’s no doubt that winter driving presents a more significant challenge for drivers. As a team of personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, inquiries start to surge every year around November. That’s because snow, ice, and rain—not to mentioned reduced daylight hours—make it harder to manage a vehicle, and the result is inevitably an increase in accidents and collisions.
Of course, there are measures that can make winter driving safer for everybody sharing the road. For example, maintaining your vehicle and keeping a well-stocked winter driving kit can reduce the chances of a mishap, or at least help to mitigate the situation if something does go wrong. We’ve included a few tips to keep in mind if you’ll be behind the wheel this winter.
If you and your family are planning to take the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler this winter or go on any other road trips, remember to do your research. Listen to weather and traffic reports. If there is an accident on the highway, the roads could close, and you may end up stuck on the highway in harsh conditions. Try to plan trips on days when the forecast predicts fair weather. If the weather looks bad or an accident occurs, consider getting off the road and seeking shelter to avoid the possibility of becoming stranded.
Snow Tires on Highway
Starting Oct 1st, you must have snow tires for the Sea to Sky Highway and some of the other highways in BC as well. If you don’t, you may be asked to turn back. You could even be issued a ticket. The snow tires must have either the mountain or snowflake symbol on them. They must be in good condition and have a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimeters. “All Seasons” tires are not appropriate and can cause dangerous accidents including death. Chains can also be useful for traction if you ever get stuck in the snow or ice.
In the event, that you are stuck on the highway, or your car breaks down, we recommend packing along items like food, water, blankets and extra clothes to stay warm. You may also include medical supplies in your kit. Other recommendations include a flashlight, tow rope, salt, ice scraper, booster cables, matches and candles, as well as food and water.
Stay in Control
Staying in full control of your vehicle is imperative at all times, but it’s even more critical in the winter. That means slowing down, giving yourself extra time to reach your destination, and being prepared if an emergency occurs. Be patient with other drivers as there are people of all ages and experience levels sharing the road. Remember to keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles—and stay alert, especially if ice is a factor.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Vancouver
If you’re injured as a result of careless driving, the personal injury lawyers at Simpson, Thomas & Associates can advise you on your rights and guide you through the injury claims process with ICBC. Set up a free consultation by calling 604-689-8888.