Don’t let the flakes stop you, say police
2022-11-15 08:58 PST
From October 1 to March 31 on the Sea to Sky Highway, drivers need to use mud and snow graded winter tires by law. Winter tires are marked by a mountain peak with snowflake or M+S (Mud and Snow) symbol.
Recently, police in the Whistler area checked about 500 cars at multiple check stops. Members issued a Notice and Order to a driver using summer tires. Members also provided information to several drivers on acceptable tire tread depth. Overall, members were impressed with the number of vehicles equipped with winter tires.
In addition to having winter grade tires, police offer some tips for safe winter driving:
- Winterize your vehicle.
- Pack an emergency kit.
- Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them.
- Plan your trip and tell your friends & family. Check road and weather conditions.
- Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip.
- Give yourself extra travel time, and drive to conditions.
- Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads.
- Travel with a fully charged cell phone for emergency situations.
Winter seemed to happen overnight this year. We don’t have control over the weather conditions, but we can sure prepare ourselves with proper equipment and safe driving choices, says Corporal Angela Kermer of the Sea to Sky RCMP.
We also need to remember that we can’t rely on others to be making the same safe choices, so situational awareness is very important as we travel.
Whistler RCMP asks anyone with any information regarding any file to contact the local detachment at 604-932-3044, or, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to www.solvecrime.ca
For information on winter tires and driving tips, visit BC RCMP
For information on winter tires, driving routes, and local bylaws, visit BC’s Winter Driving page
For current road and weather conditions, visit DriveBC
Cpl. Angela KermerMedia Relations Officer
Sea to Sky RCMP
Cell: 604 848-4793
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