With weather across the province turning to rain, sleet and snow, the BC Forest Safety Council is reminding drivers to use safe winter driving practices when they hit the roads.
MaryAnne Arcand, director of the Council’s ForestryTruckSafe and Northern Initiatives program, says while it may not feel likewinter yet, snow has fallen in parts of the province and drivers need to takeextra care. In addition, drivers should expect increased traffic on the roadsas the hunting season gets underway.
“Last year there were a number of road accidents overThanksgiving weekend,” explains Arcand. “We want to remind drivers to stay safewhen behind the wheel so we can prevent history from repeating itself.”
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Arcand says complacency and overlooking simple driving tipsand techniques can lead to tragedy on the roads. Safe winter driving habitsrecommended by the BC Forest Safety Council include:
Giveyourself plenty of time to get where you need to go, especially if you’retravelling in the mountains
Leaveextra space between you and the vehicle in front of you
Useheadlights at all times because of shorter daylight hours and potential foggyweather
Replacewindshield wipers because streaky, patchy, partially cleared windows are adriving hazard
Cleanoff all lights, windows and mirrors in order to see and be seen
Usesnow tires and, especially in the case of truck drivers, carry chains
“We’re talking about using simple behaviours in order tosave lives,” says Arcand. “Everyone needs to do their part to make the roadssafer.”
To find out more information about the Forestry TruckSafeprogram and the BC Forest Safety Council visit the Council’s web site at
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