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Important tips for staying safe and warm on B.C. roads this winter

With winter set to begin this week, the provincial government is reminding motorists to use caution and give themselves extra time when driving on B.C. highways.
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According to ICBC, crashes in which someone is injured or dies increase almost 90 per cent in B.C. between October and December. Tri-City News file photo

With winter set to begin on Dec. 21, the provincial government is reminding motorists to use caution and give themselves extra time when driving on B.C. highways.

Winter tire regulations are in effect and drivers should ensure their vehicles can handle all conditions.

"It is important for everyone to plan ahead and drive according to the weather and road conditions," said the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in a press release. "While maintenance crews strive to keep routes as safe as possible, conditions can change quickly this time of year."

According to the ministry, in extreme winter conditions, tires with the mountain/snowflake symbol on the side are the best for traction and handling and can help prevent crashes.

Other safety tips include:

• Check DriveBC.ca or @DriveBC for up-to-date weather and road conditions.

• Choose alternative routes or postpone travel until weather conditions are more favourable.

• Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement while driving and bring warm clothes and a high-visibility vest in case you need to get out of the vehicle.

• Ensure you vehicle has a full tank of gas, a windshield scraper, snow brush, food and water and a first aid kit.

• In the event that you get stuck, stay with the vehicle for warmth and call roadside assistance. If there is an emergency, dial 911.

For more tips and information, go to tranbc.ca or shiftintowinter.ca.

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