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Expect unpredictable road conditions this long weekend, says ICBC

On average, four people are killed and 650 people are injured in 2,100 crashes in B.C. this weekend

Snow, sleet, rain, hail and fog are all potential fall conditions on the roads this Thanksgiving long weekend.

On average, four people are killed and 650 people are injured in 2,100 crashes in B.C. this weekend.

As of October 1, drivers are required to use winter tires on many B.C. highways including parts of Vancouver Island, based on ICBC data from 2013 to 2017.

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ICBC implores drivers to know their route and check drivebc.ca for road and weather conditions at this unpredictable time of year.

Ensure your vehicle’s headlights and taillights are in working order, keep wiper fluid topped up for clearer visibility and don’t drive with badly worn or under-inflated tires. Winter tires are now required on many B.C. highways including the Malahat and the Coquihalla.

Remember posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions, ICBC suggests. When driving on snow, ice, slush or in rain or fog, slow down. Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slippery roads and avoid driving through flooded or washed out roads.

Watch for signs of wildlife: Animals may be feeding on plants near the roadside this spring. Slow down and use caution when you see wildlife on or near a highway, so you have time to react if an animal crosses your path.

Regional statistics for Thanksgiving weekend:

  • In the Lower Mainland, 490 people are injured in 1,400 crashes
  • On Vancouver Island, 78 people are injured in 280 crashes
  • In the Southern Interior, 56 people are injured in 300 crashes
  • In the North Central region, 18 people are injured in 140 crashes


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