Winter driving in British Columbia means time to think about chaining up
With winter fast approaching it’s time to remember British Columbia does have chain laws in effect. For carriers and professional drivers being prepared can save you valuable time and money this winter.
Remember it’s the Law in BC that drivers carry chains in their vehicles between October 1 and April 30
Winter roads might look pretty but they can be dangerous
In a bulletin released by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, provides the following information. Chain-up zone do become congested quickly, and in an effort to improve safety, all commercial vehicle operators that do not immediately exit their vehicle and start attaching chains will be turned around and potentially towed at the owner’s expense. Carriers should also be aware that drivers who are not able to demonstrate competency in installing chains could also be turned around or towed. So be sure your driver has the skills to install chains. Also chain-up zones are not parking lots, you can only use the space for the time it takes to install chains.
The province of BC has several web options available to help carriers and drivers keep informed along with hints and tips.
Some of the hints from BC’s website are:
Watch for black ice.
Black ice is a thin layer of transparent ice that forms when the temperature is close to freezing. Look for ice build up on your windshield; this is a clue that conditions are favourable for black ice to develop. Slow down when approaching shaded areas, bridges and overpasses as these sections of road freeze sooner than others in cold weather.
Drop your speed to match road conditions.
No matter how much experience you have, the way your truck will move on snow or ice is unpredictable.
Watch for warning signs.
If vehicles are spun out in the median or shoulder, the roads are bad. If you start seeing big trucks spun out, it’s time to get o the roadway.
Driving in BC or any where else this winter, remember weather conditions can and do change quickly, be safe out there.