Meet bad weather with good sense
Shorter days, a darker commute and unpleasant weather are upon us, and unfortunately, this means that the risk of a collision or accident increases. By taking extra precautions, you can help avoid a visit to the body shop. Here are some helpful tips for safe driving in less than ideal conditions.
- Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions, and be realistic about your travel time by allowing for possible delays.
- Drive for the conditions of the road. Nightfall, heavy rain, wind, and snow all make driving riskier.
- Winterize your car. Be sure your battery is fully charged, fluid levels are topped up, and lights and wipers are in good working order, and invest in four matching winter tires.
- Clear all frost from your windows and side mirrors before driving off.
- Avoid using cruise control on slippery roads, and use caution when driving a four-wheel drive vehicle as this feature will not help you stop any faster.
- Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This will give you more room to stop or manoeuver as needed.
What to keep in your vehicle in the winter
In the event you find yourself stranded by the roadside in the winter, Transport Canada recommends equipping your car with an emergency kit and other important items which are detailed in this short video.
Even the safest of drivers can be involved in a crash. Always drive for the conditions and slow down, even if it means taking a few extra minutes to get to your destination. A properly equipped car can also help keep you safe and get you out of trouble in a roadside emergency.
To protect yourself, it’s a good idea to ensure you are adequately protected with Collision coverage. This covers damage to your own vehicle as a result of upset or impact with another vehicle, person or object, including the ground or highway, or an object in or on the ground. You will be responsible for your collision deductible, and any claim against your policy, no matter how small, could cause your premiums to increase.
Optional Collision coverage is available through ICBC or private insurers, such as BCAA. Our Member-exclusive Advantage Auto Optional insurance helps protect you and your car and offers special coverages and discounts. Plus, BCAA Members save up to 10% on Advantage Auto.