Winter Driving Hazards in British Columbia

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Posted: November 7, 2016

Impending winter in British Columbia means you can expect seasonal weather conditions soon. Snow, ice, wet roads and fog are all possibilities. To prevent the risk of causing an auto accident this winter, consider these tips:

  • Slow down. Posted speed limits apply to dry, clear roads. When the road surface becomes wet, snowy or icy, it's a good idea to slow down. Your tire traction is compromised under these conditions, so slower speeds help you maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Consider snow tires for your vehicle. These tires have much better grip in the snow. They'll help you maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Go easy on the brakes and the accelerator. Doing so helps you avoid spinning out of control, or going into a slide that could cause you to collide with another vehicle.
  • Increase following distance. If the vehicle in front of you slides, brakes suddenly, veers or otherwise does something unexpected, you want to make sure you have plenty of time to react without losing control of your own vehicle.

These are just a few tips for winter driving. It's also a good idea to have your car tuned up by a trusted mechanic: Cold temperatures are hard on a vehicle and demand its best performance. Your mechanic can make sure your vehicle is winter-ready with anti-freeze, working wiper blades and a functional battery.

In Vancouver, BC, if you are involved in a winter accident or any accident in the area, please contact the experienced lawyers at Stephens & Holman for a free claim evaluation, at (866) 200-3575