ICBC warns drivers ahead of Labour Day weekend

Aug 31 2016, 4:40 pm

For many, the Labour Day weekend is an opportunity to kick back and relax, escape the city, or enjoy a much needed adventure.

But according to ICBC it’s also a dangerous time to be on BC’s roads.

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Based on statistics provided by ICBC, over the long weekend five people are killed and 520 people are injured in 2,000 crashes across the province. In fact, in 2015, 390 people were injured in 1,300 crashes across the Lower Mainland over the final long weekend of the summer.

This Labour Day weekend is expected to be busy so ICBC has released the following advice to help motorists stay safe on BC’s roads.

Pre-trip check

Check your engine oil, coolant levels and lights, and inspect your vehicle tires, including the spare, to make sure they’re in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure any camping or outdoor equipment is securely tied down to your vehicle before you take off.

Plan your route

Check to view weather and road conditions for major routes throughout BC.

Eliminate distractions

Turn off your cellphone before you head out or put it in the trunk so you won’t be tempted to answer if it rings. Help keep your family and friends safe by not texting, calling, or answering if you know someone is behind the wheel.

Keep your distance

Allow at least two seconds of following distance between vehicles in good road conditions, and at least three seconds on high-speed roads. Increase your distance when you’re following a large vehicle such as an RV (it can block your vision) or a motorcycle (it can stop quicker than a car).

Watch for RVs

You’ll likely spot many recreational vehicles on the highways this weekend. If you’re driving in mountainous areas, you may find that many RVs are driving below the speed limit because they may be underpowered and overloaded. Be patient with these drivers as they are likely going uphill as fast as they can. If you’re driving your RV, be courteous and pull over to let others by if you’re holding up traffic. This is much safer than a driver making an unsafe pass out of frustration.