How did you "Shift Into Winter"?
RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - An online survey conducted by
Canadian Tire and reviewed by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation
(TIRF) found that approximately 40 per cent of drivers in British
Columbia reported using winter tires on their vehicles in 2011.
How did you prepare for winter driving? If you didn't, it's not too
late. Here are a few road safety reminders from WorkSafeBC, the
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Winter Driving
Safety Alliance to help you "Shift Into Winter".
Prepare your vehicle - Make sure your vehicle is winterized including
four matched winter tires that are specifically designed for colder
temperatures and carry the mountain snowflake symbol, topped-up fluids,
working heating and electrical systems, and an emergency survival kit.
Know before you go - Check road and weather conditions before heading
out and avoid driving if conditions are bad. If you can wait, go when
the weather improves and allow extra travel time.
Slow down - Always drive for the conditions. Fog, rain, snow and ice
present their own driving hazards. Slowing down will reduce your risk.
From October 1 to April 30 on highways designated with winter tire
signs, drivers in B.C. are required to use winter tires. Tires with
the mountain snowflake symbol, which are specifically designed to meet
cold weather performance standards, are the best choice for safe travel
in winter conditions. Under existing legislation, an M + S tire is also
considered a winter tire. In all cases, a winter tire must be in good
condition, with a minimum tread of 3.5 mm.
More winter driving safety information can be found at ShiftIntoWinter.ca, a resource to help drivers build their knowledge and develop better
winter driving skills and practices.
In B.C., on average, 22 workers die on the job every year in a motor
vehicle crash making it the leading cause of traumatic workplace
fatalities in the province. Whether you drive for work or leisure, it
is important to take steps to reduce your risk of a serious crash or
injury while driving.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure - Todd Stone
"Winter weather conditions in B.C. can vary widely from region to region
so it's important to take extra care and be prepared when venturing out
on our roads and highways. Our DriveBC website is one of the most
valuable tools drivers can use before they head out. We have more than
350 webcam images in locations throughout the province, even in remote
areas, so travellers can get current, real-time conditions for a safe
trip - whatever the weather."
WorkSafeBC Industry and Labour Services Manager - Mark Ordeman
"With several months of winter still to come, we will continue to see
changing weather and road conditions around the province. It's
important for drivers to prepare their vehicles and adjust their
driving for those changing conditions."
Source for Canadian Tire Survey is the Traffic Injury Research
Foundation 2012 Winter Tires: A Review of Research on Effectiveness and Use report.
Source for number of worker deaths due to motor vehicle crashes is
WorkSafeBC Statistics Services, 2013
About the Winter Driving Safety Alliance
The Winter Driving Safety Alliance is a joint provincial initiative
comprised of organizations committed to improving the safety of drivers
during the winter months. They are the Automotive Retailers
Association, BC Forest Safety Council, BC Road Builders and Heavy
Construction Association, BC Trucking Association, Insurance
Corporation of BC, Justice Institute of BC, Ministry of Transportation
and Infrastructure, Pacific Coach Lines, RCMP, the Trucking Safety
Council of BC and WorkSafeBC.
SOURCE: Winter Driving Safety Alliance
For further information:
Road Safety at Work
Media and Government Relations
Tel: 604-244-6330, Cell: 604-314-5039