Friday, September 29, 2017

Shift into Winter Driving frame of mind starting Sunday

We're only a week into fall and already we're being reminded that in British Columbia the need to be prepared for winter driving conditions starts in October.

The annual Shift into Winter campaign launches this weekend, with those that travel the provinces highways required to have their snow tires installed before Sunday morning.

The tire regulations remain in effect until March 31st and are part of a wider review of winter driving requirements for motorists on the province's highways.

Two notes that motorists should keep in mind as the Winter rules come into effect are the levels of fines for those that choose not to comply with the law.

Drivers who don’t have the proper winter tires on their vehicle on designated routes can receive a fine of $121. 

Drivers who don’t have the minimum tread depth on their tires (3.5mm) on the designated routes can receive a fine of $109.

With the exception of a small stretch of Highway 16 near Prince Rupert and all of Haida Gwaii, the northern region map below notes those highways that require the use of Winter tires.

The Ministry of Transportation offers up a range of hints for those taking to the roads through the winter months, which you can review through their Shift Into Winter portal

ICBC also has a number of winter driving tips for motorists to review

For those travelling through the Northwest and Haida Gwaii we offer up some easy to access links to gain the latest road conditions in the region and across the Highway 16 corridor.

You can review the latest from Drive BC here, while we also have a link that tracks the latest images from the string of Highway camera images around the Northwest.

Notes of interest for travel along the Highway 16 corridor can be found on our archive page.

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