Drivers reminded to prepare for winter road conditions

By Jill Sperling
November 24, 2016 - 11:36am Updated: November 24, 2016 - 12:17pm

KAMLOOPS — As winter approaches drivers are being reminded to be prepare for the changing road conditions.

RCMP,  ICBC, Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement, and Argo Road Maintenance spent the morning talking to drivers on Highway 5A near Knutsford, reminding them that driving behaviours need to be adjusted as the season changes. 

The road authorities were also ensuring people have gotten their vehicles winter-ready.

"Make sure you have a good winter tire," said ICBC road safety coordinator Ingrid Brakop. "When you see some inclement weather conditions, snow/ice, freezing rain, which is really scary and unpredictable, it's essentially you slow your speeds down when you're driving. Drivers need to just remember during the winter months to check DriveBC before you head out on the highway."

RCMP Sgt. Mike Pears of Central Interior Traffic Services says many of the vehicles going through the vehicle check had winter tires installed. 

While there hasn't been much need for snow plows just yet, Pears was also reminding drivers to keep their distance. 

"Have patience for the snow plows," Pears said. "Respect them. I know in the Merritt area last year they had at least 10 collisions involving snow plows, and that just came down to people not respecting the plows, they were impatient and wanted to get from point A to point B quicker. Well, that didn't help them at all after colliding with a snow plow."

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