Fall is a beautiful time of the year in the lower mainland. But it can be unpredictable. A bright, sunny day can suddenly turn cold and rainy. In addition to sudden weather changes, here are some other reasons why driving during the month of October requires extra caution:
Wet leaves are slippery and can cause your car to start hydroplaning unexpectedly.
The angle of the sun changes in the fall, which can make the early morning and late afternoon glare more intense.
Rain, fog, and frost
Fall weather can limit visibility and make bridges slippery — making driving more challenging for commuters in the lower mainland.
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins
And of course, October is trick or treat month. Slow down in neighborhoods during Halloween, especially at dusk.
It’s back to school and for young children, learning should be fun and interactive. Here are some ideas to help your child develop safe habits:
Map it out
Plan your child’s walking route, review street names, and landmarks while walking together. Quiz your child on traffic signs whenever using marked crosswalks, crossing lights, and intersections. Create a game to encourage your child to follow your footsteps.
Set a good example
Look left-right-left and shoulder check before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers and keep looking for approaching vehicles while crossing. Remove your headphones so you can hear approaching traffic that may be hard to see.
Wear reflective materials or bright clothes and use lights after dark.
Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk away from the road. If there’s no sidewalk – walk facing oncoming traffic, so you can see approaching vehicles — and never jaywalk.
Taking a road trip outside of B.C. this summer? Are you covered by ICBC? Here’s how to stay protected on the road.
You’re covered in Canada and the U.S.
Your Autoplan insurance covers you anywhere in Canada and the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.
But it’s important to check with the place you’re visiting to make sure you’re complying with its registration requirements. You’ll need to change your insurance policy if that jurisdiction requires you to register or licence your vehicle there, even if you’re on vacation.
Check with your Autoplan broker for details.
In British Columbia, a roundabout is a circular intersection without stop signs or traffic signals. Traffic flows counterclockwise around a central island.
Roundabouts improve traffic flow. They reduce serious crashes, injuries, and fatalities because they virtually eliminate the chance of a head-on or right-angle collisions. They improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Yield to traffic that’s already inside the roundabout — it has the right of way.
- Drive counter-clockwise within the asphalt lane.
- There is usually a raised or coloured apron around the centre island in the roundabout. It’s there for large trucks and emergency vehicles only.
- Keep moving while you’re in the roundabout. If an emergency vehicle approaches, don’t block its path.
- When you’re leaving the roundabout, signal a right turn just before you exit. That lets drivers waiting to enter the roundabout and pedestrians waiting to cross know your intentions.
Below are the 5 main causes of car crashes in BC according to ICBC:
- Distracted driving
Leave your phone alone—that’s a first step to help keep your attention on the road.
- Alcohol-impaired driving
Plan for a safe ride home before your first drink to keep our roads safer for everyone.
- Drug-impaired driving
If you’re impaired by cannabis or other drugs, your ability to drive safely is compromised. Leave the driving to someone sober like a friend, designated driver, taxi, or transit.
Speeding is one of the leading causes of car crash fatalities in B.C. Keep yourself safe by slowing down, keeping your distance and passing with care.
- High-risk driving
Following too closely and failing to yield are two of the most common high-risk driving behaviours that cause crashes.
It won’t be the usual when it comes to planning a road trip this summer. Although the restrictions on road travel are gradually (and cautiously) being lifted, there are some things you can do to minimize risks and enjoy your journey.
Lighter traffic. On a positive note, driving your vehicle should be less stressful, and gas will be a lot cheaper.
Bargains galore. Hotel and lodging prices will have dropped significantly. You won’t encounter long lineups at the check-in counter. And don’t forget to ask about free parking.
Be sensitive to locals. Small towns have limited medical infrastructure. Local businesses will appreciate your patronage, but at the same time would want you to respect their social distancing guidelines.
Bring along disinfectant. Sanitize your hands and car keys after entering your vehicle and wipe down your vehicles high-touch points frequently — gear shift, steering wheel, emergency brake handle, seat belts, etc. before starting your car.
Bring snacks from home. The fewer stops you make to pick up your favorite snack or beverage on the road makes social distancing easier, and better for everyone.
These are unusual times and we all must take precautions in the months ahead — wherever we are, wherever we’re going. But with common sense and sticking to the social distancing rule, we will manage this historic time together.
Raising Over $10,000.00
The management and staff at B&D Autobody have done it again! A total of $10,750 was raised at their Annual Charity Dinner and donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC.
Empowering others for over two decades has made us all very proud. A BIG thank you to all our suppliers and dealerships, and to all our friends and family who attend and donate at these events every year. Their generosity makes it all possible.
Avoid costly damage
A fifth of all car insurance claims is a result of accidents that happen in parking lots. Here are a few tips to avoid fender benders and other costly damage to your vehicle.
- Park far away. The farther you park away from a store or mall, the fewer cars that you’ll have to contend with — and it may leave you with a quicker and easier route when it’s time to leave.
- Back out slowly. Use your mirrors and back-up camera when backing out of a space, but don’t rely on them completely. Always scan carefully side-to-side for pedestrians and other vehicles.
- Respect others. Drive slowly in parking lots, stay in your lane, allow enough space for other drivers to open their doors, and only park in designated spots.
- Never take up two spaces. Your vehicle might be your pride and joy, but drivers who take up two spaces in parking lots are inviting vandalism, especially during busy periods when lots become full and frustration runs high.
Luckily, Vancouverites don’t have to deal with a lot of snow in winter, but you don’t have to travel far to find plenty of the white stuff.
For many, traveling out of town can mean encountering a lot of snow and tracking all that road salt back into the city.
Here are 3 ways to protect your vehicle from salt damage:
- Repair any noticeable chips, deep scratches or rust spots before the first snowfall.
- Stay back several car lengths when following snowplows that are putting down road salt so that your vehicle doesn’t get pelted. Wash your car regularly throughout the winter.
- Run your car every few weeks through a car wash that also thoroughly cleans the undercarriage — and especially after a large snowfall.
TIP: Once spring arrives, detail your car thoroughly inside and out, as road salt can also damage interior components like carpeting, floor mats, and exposed metal.