Police beat: Winter driving requires preparation

Although we may not want to admit it, winter is upon us here on the island.

Although we may not want to admit it, winter is upon us here on the island. With the change in seasons, we must focus on the special requirements for winter driving. After a long hot summer most of us are ill prepared to navigate the roads safely.

Too often, accidents at this time of year can be attributed to  speed relative to conditions or drivers who fail to adapt their driving habits to adverse road conditions. By giving ourselves extra time to arrive at our destinations, we can all have a better chance of arriving safe. Below are several driving tips for travel on ice and snow:

·Leave extra distance between you other motorists. This will allow extra time to react and manoeuver.

· Anticipate traffic. Look well ahead to see what traffic is doing.

· Adjust your speed. The posted speed sign is a maximum under ideal conditions.

· Practice your skills. When was the last time you had to correct a skid or stop on ice?

Now, let’s take a look at our vehicles. Despite living in the most temperate climate in Canada, we do get our fair share of winter here on Vancouver Island. There is always the potential for adverse weather at higher elevations. Have your vehicle inspected or “winterized” for the season by a qualified mechanic. Below are some items you can check yourself to ensure your vehicle is ready for winter:

·Tires. As per regulations, to travel on the majority of roads in B.C. tires must have a winter rating (ie. Mountain snowflake) or be Mud and Snow (M+S) rated. Summer tires lose their grip at temperatures below 7 degrees. Even M+S rated tires will not be as effective as winter specific tires when the temperature drops. ·Emergency kit. Even though the digital age has put global communication within reach, a tow could be a long time coming. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with safety flares, candles, blankets and a collapsible shovel. These simple items could save your life in an emergency.

Carrying a small first aid kit in the vehicle is also a good idea.

Police Beat is a column written by officers at the Port Alberni RCMP detachment.

Just Posted

Port Alberni RCMP hold second bike registration event

Project 529 will be at Canadian Tire on Saturday, Nov. 17

Husky Gas Station robbed on Third Avenue

Port Alberni RCMP still searching for suspect

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Port Alberni care homes benefit from funding to purchase new safety equipment

Echo Village and Fir Park Village will be receiving $32,500 each

Uchucklesaht Tribe purchases former Redford School

Property will be a “multi-use building” similar to The Thunderbird

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Police probe several allegations of sex assault at Toronto school

Police say they have learned of other incidents of alleged assault and sexual assault

Most Read