The Province is encouraging motorists to plan their route ahead and drive safely this Victoria Day weekend. Drivers are reminded to obey all posted speed limits, and to be aware of emergency vehicles and their personnel.
General planning tips for a safe trip include:
* Be realistic: Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times, allowing extra time for possible delays that may occur due to increased traffic volume over the long weekend.
* Vehicle maintenance: Long road trips can be tiring for drivers and passengers but also on your vehicle, so make sure it's up to the drive; check engine oil, washer fluid, lights and inspect vehicle tires, including the spare.
* Be safe: Weather conditions can change quickly. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and keep a look out for others.
* Drive smart: Always maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles; at least two seconds following distance in good weather and road conditions and at least three seconds on high-speed roads or if behind a motorcycle as it has a shorter stopping distance.
* Model it: Set an example for your children and other drivers by making smart driving decisions on the road, like always wearing your seatbelt.
"Drivers can help keep our roads safe by planning ahead, obeying the posted speed limits and making smart driving decisions," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond. "Drivers can get the latest road conditions, scheduled construction delays and view over 154 Provincial Highway Webcams at DriveBC.ca online."
Drivers are also reminded of recent changes that require them to slow down and, where it is safe to do so, move over into the next lane when passing police vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks or any other emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing while stopped at the side of the roadway.
"We owe it to our first responders to look out for them when they're working at the roadside, so they can focus on doing their jobs and keeping us safe," said Solicitor General Michael de Jong, QC. "Our Slow Down, Move Over laws recognize it's a driver's responsibility to cautiously approach any emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing."
By law, drivers must slow to 70 km/h on highways where the speed limit is 80 km/h or higher, and to 40 km/h where the limit is below 80 km/h, when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing. If there is another lane going in the same direction, drivers must also move into that lane if it is safe to do so.
Check out the latest road conditions and Provincial Highway webcams at www.DriveBC.ca
online. DriveBC also provides seasonal driving tips and other helpful links for planning a safe trip. Road conditions can also be accessed toll-free at 1-800 550-4997.