Tuesday, October 21, 2008

DRIVERS REMINDED TO SLOW DOWN DRIVING IN FALL WEATHER

ICBC reminds drivers to use extra caution

With the fall weather upon us, ICBC is reminding drivers to slow down.

In 2007, during the months of October and November, police reported approximately 780 crashes on BC's roads, in which bad weather (rain, snow, sleet or fog) was a contributing factor. These crashes resulted in approximately 490 casualties (injuries or fatalities).

While we've had some dry and favourable conditions recently, we've also experienced some wetter and colder days. With unpredictable weather it's important for drivers to adjust quickly to changing conditions that include fog as well as icy and slippery roads. All motorists are encouraged to check weather and road conditions before traveling long distances as conditions can vary widely across the province.

When the roads are wet, motorists are advised to:

  • Slow down: It can take up to three times the normal stopping distance to come to a complete stop on a wet or slippery road.
  • Turn off the cruise control: Wet roads can cause wheels to spin and lose control. The only way to stop wheels from spinning and maintain control is to immediately reduce power. An activated cruise control system applies continuous power, keeping the wheels spinning. By the time you disengage the cruise control it may be too late - you may have already lost control.
  • Avoid flooded roads: Try to avoid driving, even at low speed, through a flooded area. Deep water can stall your vehicle's engine and reduce the vehicle's braking ability.
  • Don't drive with bald or badly worn tires: Check your tires' tread, as well as ensure they are properly inflated.
  • Winterize your vehicle and plan ahead: Vehicle maintenance is cost effective and ensures reliability. Also check road conditions before heading out. Remember, while it may be raining in the Lower Mainland there could be snow and icy road conditions at higher elevations, such as on the Coquihalla and Sea-to-Sky highways.
  • Turn on low-beam headlights and wipers: Ensure you have optimal visibility of the road ahead, and that other motorists can see you.

If you're involved in a crash, ICBC is dedicated to providing a hassle-free claims experience. Claims can be reported ICBC's Dial-A-Claim centre 24 hours a day, 365 days per year:

Lower Mainland: 604-520-8222
Elsewhere in B.C.: 1-800-910-4222
Outside B.C.: 1-800-910-4222

ICBC also works with the auto repair industry to deliver excellent customer service, high quality repairs and to manage costs for the benefit of customers. ICBC has accredited more than 400 c.a.r. shop facilities across BC to ensure customers receive quality repair work that's guaranteed.

C.a.r. shop VALET facilities can also help with your transportation needs while your vehicle is being repaired. They'll even pick you up to exchange your vehicle and return it when repairs are finished, at no extra charge.

To locate a c.a.r. shop VALET near you, visit icbc.com.


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