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 Winter Driving Safety


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The winter driving season in B.C. is October 1 to March 31.

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 114 in October to 222 in December.1 In addition, more work-related vehicle crashes causing time-loss injuries occur between October and February.2

We're working with the Winter Driving Safety Alliance to remind drivers to stay safe on the road this winter.

NEW for employers and supervisors: Free online Winter Driving Safety course

The new online Winter Driving Safety course will provide you with the tools you need to plan, implement and monitor a winter driving safety program in your organization. The course features practical information on reducing the risks associated with winter driving including:

  • How to develop winter driving safe work procedures and a safety policy
  • Ways to communicate with workers about winter driving safety
  • How to monitor and evaluate winter driving practices
The course takes approximately two to three hours, and you will be able to download or print a certificate of completion for your records at its conclusion. Additional tips and resources on how to prepare yourself and your vehicle and how to drive safely on winter roads can be found at


  • Know before you go. Check road conditions beforehand at and ask yourself: Do you really need to drive during inclement winter weather?
  • If you have to drive, then drive smart. Prepare yourself. Prepare your vehicle.
  • Always drive for the winter conditions. The posted speed limit is set for ideal driving conditions. Can you recognize and respond to road hazards such as black ice, snow, rain, low light, and fog?
Safety tip
Get your care ready for winter by ensuring your battery, brakes, lights, and fuses, cooling and heating systems, electrical and exhaust systems, and belts, hoses, and wipers are in top shape. Check out the employer Winter Driving Safety Planning Tool Kit.

Winter Driving Safety Alliance Partners

Shift into Winter is a joint program supported by organizations committed to improving the safety of drivers during the winter months.

Members of the Alliance include: WorkSafeBC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Insurance Corporation of B.C., Justice Institute of British Columbia, The B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, B.C. Forest Safety Council, B.C. Trucking Association, Pacific Coach Lines, RCMP, Trucking Safety Council of B.C., Automotive Retailers Association, the City of Prince George, Ambulance Paramedics of BC CUPE 873, Finning, Kal Tire, Mainroad, and the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.

For more information on the Shift into Winter initiative, visit or email .

1Source: ICBC Police Reported Data, 'Driving Too Fast for the Conditions', 2010-2014 (October vs. December).

2Source: WorkSafeBC, BIA Datamart and ODW Snapshot, 2009 to 2013, June 2014.


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