Many Island drivers haven’t seen much snow, so it might be time to recall some driving pointers.

While cold weather tires aren’t mandatory everywhere, ICBC does advise at the least having M+S (mud and snow) tires, and a weather-equipped vehicle when taking to the street within the snow – that’s right oldsters, go away your sports activities automobiles at home.

Before you hit the road, Victoria Police are asking drivers to ensure to clean off your car of snow. While using, immoderate snow can slide off your vehicle and beat others.


ICBC’s most large tip for when you hit the roads is to power slow, reminding drivers that posted velocity signs are for best weather situations.

“The key to iciness using is to be gradual and steady – avoid surprising, unexpected actions that might motivate you to skid. That way you should accelerate lightly, steer and flip slowly and gradually, and brake slowly and early,” said ICBC Media spokesperson Lindsay Wilkins in an e-mail.

“Anticipate turns, stops and lane change well in advance. Use low-beam lighting fixtures and don’t use cruise control on slippery roads.

“You ought to also be aware of the variations between the usage of general and anti-lock brakes (ABS). For big brakes, pump them lightly; for ABS, apply steady pressure, and you’ll experience the brakes pulse (that is normal).”

In other phrases, if there’s snow on the roads faux, you’ve got a hot pot of gravy in your lap, and that’s in all likelihood a safe speed. Always provide your neighbor with a secure amount of distance.

If you need to speed up or slow down, faux that the gasoline pedal and brake are very delicate– tap them if they’re well-known brakes, lightly and quick. For ABS, much less pumping and extra slow, constant strain. Same on your gasoline pedal. Do not slam on your brakes. Do not step on the fuel – particularly in case you start sliding.

Keep control of your steering wheel and keep away from any sharp turns, just in case you hit a patch of black ice.

“Black ice is not possible to see ahead of time. That’s why it’s so essential to gradual down and maintain your distance from different vehicles,” Wilkins stated. “If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator and appearance and steer easily within the route you need to move. Be cautious no longer to over-steer and don’t break – this can make the scenario worse. You can also need to repeat this maneuver numerous times until you regain manage.”

ICBC warns that the maximum commonplace places for black ice include shaded regions, bridges, overpasses, and intersections in which packed snow and automobile exhaust freeze fast.

When using in slush, ICBC recommends watching out for ridges of increase, advising that humans wait for a definite location before any lane modifications.

If you get caught, ICBC recommends clearing the snow from around your tires and placing something in the front of the tires to advantage traction, which includes old mats, carpets, salt, sand or cat clutter. Then, rock from side to side to get greater distance till you’re able to circulate. If that doesn’t make paintings, you may name for roadside assistance, or 911 if it’s an emergency.

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