It turns out drivers in BC are pretty self aware when it comes to their driving abilities – or lack thereof.
In a recent BCAA survey, motorists in Canada’s westernmost province admitted to being the worst winter drivers in the country. However, despite the inevitable onset of winter, few of them are planning to change their ways to tackle the challenging road conditions.
In fact, when it comes to winter, some drivers feel the exact opposite.
According to BCAA almost 32% of BC motorists say they have good winter driving skills and don’t believe they need winter tires. What’s more, 31% of drivers say they won’t do any winter prep on their car until it actually snows.
Drivers may be taking risks by not being honest with themselves about their driving skills or comfort level when it comes to winter driving, the survey found.
“Call it overconfidence or denial but… in my experience, too many British Columbians – especially in the Lower Mainland – don’t think about winter driving until it’s too late,” says Stu Miller, BCAA senior manager of automotive operations.
“Winter weather can create unpredictable road conditions anywhere and at any time, which can turn out to be challenging for even the most experienced driver.”
According to BCAA, when harsh winter weather hits, the number of calls from across the province into the organization’s roadside assistance call centre can increase between 40 to 60% on certain days.
In the Metro Vancouver area alone, roadside assistance call volumes during snowy or frigid weather can double.
The survey also revealed other facts and figures about the way BC drivers handle winter roads.
BCAA has some easy tips to help drivers stay safe on the roads during winter:
Prepare your car so it endures weather conditions and performs well so you can drive safely.
Adjust your driving behaviours to match the weather conditions.
Make safety your priority
For more information and tips on how to prepare for winter driving, visit BCAA’s website.