Long weekends mean more vehicles – and accidents – on BC roads.

According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), an average of three people are killed and 560 injured each year in crashes over the British Columbia Day long weekend.

As the BC Day long weekend approaches, travelers are encouraged to stay safe on the road by planning ahead, exercising more caution and preparing for higher than average traffic volumes. normal.

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said drivers can expect delays on Coquihalla Highway 5 because parts of the highway are one lane in each direction, in due to atmospheric river damage in November 2021 and ongoing reconstruction work. The heaviest traffic volumes on the Coquihalla are expected from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

Drivers are encouraged to change their travel plans to avoid rush hour traffic or consider using Highway 3 as an alternate route between the Interior and the Lower Mainland. Drivers taking other routes in the province should also expect above average traffic volumes and plan accordingly.

General tips for a safe trip include:

* Allow extra time to get to your destination due to increased traffic on the roads.

* Most accidents on this long weekend happen on Fridays, so plan to leave on Thursday or Saturday mornings if possible to avoid traffic jams and possible delays.

* Special events occurring in communities along the corridor will also create an increase in the number of drivers along the route, and travelers should monitor traffic control.

* Prepare for extreme temperatures, pack plenty of water and food for passengers and pets, and stay informed of heat wave warnings with Emergency Info BC alerts: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/latest-news/

* Make sure your vehicle is ready for the ride by having a full tank of fuel and a charged battery, and checking engine oil, washer fluid, lights, and tires, including the rear wheel. rescue.

* Schedule breaks at rest areas, which can be identified by: https://www.th.gov.bc.ca/restoreas/

* Watch for motorcyclists and share the road with cyclists and other road users.

* Obey all posted speed limits and traffic control signs and devices.

ICBC Statistics:

  • In the Lower Mainland, on average, one person is killed and 380 people are injured in 1,200 crashes each year over the BC Day long weekend.
  • In the Southern Interior, on average, one person is killed and 85 people are injured in 350 crashes each year over the BC Day long weekend.
  • On Vancouver Island, an average of one person is killed and 70 people are injured in 300 crashes each year over the BC Day long weekend.
  • In north-central British Columbia, an average of one person is killed and 24 people are injured in 130 crashes each year over the British Columbia Day long weekend.

For the most up-to-date road trip information, check out @DriveBC on Twitter or visit: www.DriveBC.ca

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