Road safety urged over holidays

The B.C. Automobile Association reminds motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions and practice safe driving habits.

With festivities in full swing and provincial roads busy with holiday traffic, the B.C. Automobile Association reminds motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions and practice safe driving habits.

BCAA says taking some extra precautions at this time of year can help motorists avoid winter-related vehicle breakdowns and ensure they get themselves, and their passengers, to their destinations safely.

During the holiday season and when harsh winter weather hits, the number of calls from across the province to BCAA’s roadside assistance call centre can increase by more than 25 per cent.

“Driving during the holidays can be stressful with winter road conditions and people rushing to get to celebrations and family events,” said Ken Cousin, BCAA’s associate vice-president of Road Assist.

“There’s a lot of pressure this time of year and lots going on. We urge British Columbians to be prepared when driving in winter conditions, and to make responsible driving choices to help ensure everyone stays safe.”

To help British Columbians get around town and arrive home safely, BCAA offers its Top Five Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays:

Prepare your vehicle.

Keep your speed down.

Check road conditions

Avoid driver fatigue.

Make transportation arrangements ahead of time.