With the long weekend already turning deadly on B.C.’s roads, a renewed warning to drivers to take it slow.
ICBC’s Aileen Shabata says the holiday traditionally brings a slew of accidents.
“Everybody’s in a hurry to get away and get out of town either on that road trip or just to visit family and friends. On average over the B.C. Day long weekend five people are killed in car crashes on our roads in the province, and another 530 are injured in crashes. So these numbers are entirely prventable just with some preparation and extra caution out there on the roads.”
Shabata says drivers should try and get a good night’s sleep to avoid driving fatigued – and take rest stops or share driving responsibilities.
“We want everybody to get to their destination safely and make it home safely. So just by taking steps ahead of time pre-trip but also driving with caution, being courteous, and being patient out on the roads.”
She also says it’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle is in good working order – and everything is packed safely.
She says the best way to arrive safely is not to be in a hurry and to make sure you’re watching out for other road users.