Safe driving in snow, ice and colder temperatures
When it comes to driving in winter conditions, oddly enough, the first thing to ask ourselves is, “Do I really need to drive?” As snow falls across the province and our roads are covered in ice, here are important things for all of us to keep in mind to stay safe.
- Know when not to drive. Understand your winter driving skills and comfort level. Make arrangements for other transportation such as transit, professional drivers like taxis or ride with a more experienced driver that you know. When conditions get bad, consider staying indoors.
- Adjust your driving to match the conditions. Slow down, leave more room between you and other cars and avoid problem areas such as snowy or icy hills and narrow un-plowed streets.
- Take precautions before you drive: Clear snow and ice from the roof of your car, windows and lights. Defog all windows before you head out.
- If you’re a BCAA Member who needs roadside assistance, contact us using our mobile app to make a fast request, or you can make a request on our website or reach us by phone:
- *222 from your cell phone
- 1-888-268-2222 in BC
- 1-800-222-4357 in North America
- Carry winter driving emergency items in your car.
- Roadside Emergency Kit—you can get pre-made kits at many retail stores
- Windshield Scraper and Snow Brush
- Flashlight and Batteries
- Warm Clothes, Winter Boots, Gloves and Reflective Vest in case you have to get out of your car
- Blanket and Supply of Non-Perishable Food and Water
- First-Aid Kit
- Mobile Phone Car Charger or a Portable Battery Charger
- Spare Container of Winter-Grade Washer Fluid
- As soon as you get a chance, take your car to an automotive professional for a winter check-up and have proper winter tires installed.