ICBC offers winter driving tips

First and foremost, make sure your car has proper tires for driving in winter conditions

When snow hits the road, it isn’t uncommon for cars to then hit ditches or other cars.

According to ICBC, speed related crashes resulting in injury or fatality in the Southern Interior increase by over 90 percent during the snowy months, namely November, December and January.  That’s why ICBC is asking drivers in the Okanagan to slow down increase following distance and allow extra travel time when there is snow or ice on the roads.

With that in mind, ICBC is also giving five tips for driving in winter conditions.

– Make sure your tires are rated for the conditions you’ll be driving in during winter.  Check your tire pressure regularly as pressure drops in cold weather and overinflated tires can reduce gripping.

– When severe winter conditions arrive, consider alternatives to driving such as public transit, carpooling with a confident driver who’s car is equipped for the conditions, take a taxi, work from home or wait until work crews have cleared major roads.  Sometimes the best option is to leave the car at home.

– Consider using headlights whenever weather is poor and visibility is reduced to see ahead and be seen by other drivers.

– Clear off any snow that’s built up on your vehicle’s headlights and wheel wells before driving, as built up snow can affect your ability to see and steer.

– In poor weather, use extreme caution when approaching highway maintenance and vehicles on the road and never pass on the right.  Be patient and maintain a safe following distance, as these vehicles throw up snow and spray which can make it difficult to see.