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|Winter Driving Safety|
Winter driving: are you prepared?
Every day in B.C. drivers are at risk of being injured or killed while on the road. As the weather changes from fall to winter, the chances of being involved in a crash dramatically increase.
Winter driving can be hazardous. Factors such as rain, snow, ice, sleet, fog and limited daylight hours present real challenges to motorists, whether they drive for work or leisure. In fact, when it comes to winter, the number of casualty crashes in which someone is killed or injured due to driving too fast for road conditions almost doubles from 149 in October to 289 in December.1
Shift into winter
To address the issue of winter driving safety, a group of road safety stakeholders from across the province formed the Winter Driving Safety Alliance in 2006. One of the group's initiatives is "Shift into Winter", a public awareness campaign designed to inform B.C. drivers about the importance of safe winter driving.
The goal of the "Shift into Winter" campaign is simple: to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes during winter months. This initiative, now in its fourth year, offers the general public and those who drive for a living a variety of resources to help them to drive safely during the B.C. winter driving season. (October 1 to April 30).
Tips and resources related to winter driving safety can be found at shiftintowinter.ca---how to prepare yourself and your vehicle; how to drive safely on winter roads; and tip sheets and resources for the general public, employers, supervisors and managers.
Winter Driving Safety Alliance Partners
"Shift into Winter" is a joint provincial initiative supported by organizations committed to improving the safety of drivers during the winter months.
Members of the Alliance include: WorkSafeBC, The B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, Justice Institute of British Columbia, B.C. Forest Safety Council, B.C. Trucking Association, Insurance Corporation of B.C., Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Pacific Coach Lines, RCMP, and the Trucking Safety Council of B.C.
For more information on the "Shift into Winter" campaign, visit shiftintowinter.ca or email .
1Source: ICBC Casualty Crashes by Contributing Factor. Driving Too Fast for the Conditions 2007-2011 Police Reported Data.
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