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Keep those eyes focused on road during Thanksgiving weekend

By Contributor
October 7th, 2016

Whether travelling across town or across the province for Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends this long weekend, ICBC is urging drivers to keep your eyes on the road, and not be distracted by the fall colours of B.C.’s landscape.

In 2015, two people were killed and 600 people were hurt in 2,100 crashes in B.C. during the Thanksgiving weekend, which is determined from 6 p.m. Friday prior to the holiday to midnight Monday.

In the Southern Interior, 49 people were injured in 320 crashes in the over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Here are ICBC’s key tips to help drivers stay safe this long weekend:

  • Prepare your vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the fall. Don’t drive with badly worn or under-inflated tires. Keep the wiper fluid topped up for clearer visibility.

  • Know your route. Since weather is unpredictable at this time of the year, plan ahead to make your trip as safe as possible. Check roads and weather before your trip at or toll-free 1-800-550-4997. With more holiday weekend traffic, allow extra time to get to your destination.

  • Slow down. Posted speed limits are intended for ideal conditions. Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet and slippery roads or on roads covered in leaves. Avoid driving through flooded or washed out roads.

  • Watch for pedestrians and cyclists. With shorter days and reduced visibility, pay extra attention for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

  • Leave your phone alone. No call or text is worth risking your life or the lives of others. Let calls go to voicemail and ignore your notifications while in traffic. Remember using a phone at a stop light is prohibited. If you have to take a call, pull over when it’s safe to do so; stay focused on the road and keep the conversation brief. Make sure you’re focused on driving before re-entering traffic.

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