Winter driving in BC can be treacherous and lead to motor vehicle accidents that cause significant personal injury. BC drivers must contend with reduced visibility due to darker, overcast days and longer nights, and be ready for all types of weather conditions, such as rain, sleet, ice and snow. Weather conditions can quickly change from one area to the next – roads might be dry and bare in Vancouver but ice-covered in Abbotsford. Abbotsford personal injury lawyers at Simpson Thomas & Associates prepared this list of top 10 winter driving tips for BC drivers.
Top 10 winter driving tips from Abbotsford personal injury lawyers
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained in advance. Check that tires, brakes, fluid levels, wipers and headlights are in proper working order so that your vehicle is ready before winter driving conditions set in.
- Remember that posted speed limits are for ideal conditions. Consider reducing your vehicle’s speed when roads are compromised by weather conditions such as slush, ice, or snow so that you have more time to react to hazards and avoid collisions.
- Be alert when visibility is reduced due to weather conditions. Fog, rain and snow reduce visibility, which can increase the risk of collision with other users of the road. Always clear snow and ice off your vehicle before driving. While driving, use your vehicle’s headlights, window defrosters, and windshield wipers to maximize visibility and slow down if visibility is reduced.
- Remember that conditions can deteriorate quickly. Road and weather conditions can quickly become dangerous, for example, if a storm moves in or temperatures rapidly drop. Check the weather forecast before travelling and stay alert while driving.
- Leave room between your vehicle and other vehicles. Following too closely is dangerous at any time, but the risk of an accident is even greater when road conditions such as icy or wet roads impair stopping time.
- Avoid pooled water, ice, and compact snow. Your vehicle’s handling and braking speed will be reduced when roads are slippery, which can lead to loss of control of the vehicle that causes an accident.
- Watch carefully for pedestrians and cyclists. Days are shorter and often more overcast in the winter months, which can make it more difficult for drivers to spot pedestrians and cyclists.
- Exercise caution when driving near maintenance vehicles. Highway maintenance vehicles (g. salt trucks, sand trucks, and snowplows) often travel at reduced speeds and can throw up snow that reduces visibility. Never pass a highway maintenance vehicle on the right.
- Use winter tires or tire chains where required. If you will be driving outside of the Lower Mainland, ensure that you know whether you require winter tires or tire chains and obey those requirements.
- Avoid driving in poor weather. If weather conditions are poor or a storm is expected, avoid driving if travel is not essential. The best way to avoid the risk of a major vehicle accident that could leave you with serious personal injury is to stay off the roads altogether.
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Abbotsford, Surrey/Delta, Burnaby and Vancouver office appointments are available for accident victims who need legal advice with respect to obtaining compensation for personal injury caused in a winter driving accident. Winter road conditions can cause major accidents. We have an enviable record of success handling major loss claims and aim to continue building on our reputation of providing quality service to our clients. Use our e-Form to request a free consultation or call (604) 243-2450 to find out how our experienced personal injury lawyers can guide you through the ICBC claims process and maximize your compensation.