Driving Outside B.C.

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.

How to Use a Roundabout

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.

5 Main Causes of Car Crashes

Below are the 5 main causes of car crashes in BC according to ICBC:

  1. Distracted driving
    Leave your phone alone—that’s a first step to help keep your attention on the road.
  2. Alcohol-impaired driving
    Plan for a safe ride home before your first drink to keep our roads safer for everyone.
  3. 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.
  4. Speed
    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.
  5. High-risk driving
    Following too closely and failing to yield are two of the most common high-risk driving behaviours that cause crashes.

Summer Road Trip: Tips For 2020

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.

Important COVID-19 Announcement

As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, and as the outbreak had been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we would like to take this time to highlight how we are protecting our customers, vendors, and the entire team at B&D Autobody & Glass and Halco Glass. We have had no cases at our location thus, we will be continuing to serve our customers during our regular business hours and will continue to ensure that everyone visiting our shop is kept as safe as possible. Our goal is to help control the virus while also maintaining a healthy and inviting environment for everyone. 

Our COVID-19 Prevention Plan includes the following points:

Sanitization
Increased sanitization of all high-traffic areas and touch-points; this is in addition to our general daily cleaning and weekly professional cleaning service.

In-Shop Safety
Safety communication is in place throughout the shop, including posters outlining hand-washing techniques, prevention, and steps to take if a staff member were to experience symptoms.

Hand Sanitizers
Due to the shortage of hand sanitizer, we will have a limited supply for guests, please make sure to bring your own or wash your hands in the guest washroom upon entry.

Vehicle Preparation
Customer vehicles that are brought into the shop are outfitted with steering wheel covers and seat protectors prior to repair work. Additionally, all customer vehicles, our fleet of courtesy cars, and rental vehicle surfaces such as seats, steering wheels, door handles, gearshifts, touch screens, etc., will be wiped down with a disinfectant solution prior to, and after repairs. Should you have any sensitivities to these chemicals, please contact us prior to bringing your vehicle in.

Customers and COVID-19

If any of the following conditions apply to you, we ask that you come back at a later date and contact HealthLink BC (8-1-1):

  • You have symptoms relating to COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or others as outlined on the BC Centre for Disease Control website (http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19)
  • You have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
  • You have been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus within the last 14 days

We continue to monitor developments closely so that we can quickly adapt and continue to provide the services that you need. We are deeply committed to the safety of our customers and our staff as we all do our part to keep our community safe.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you would like to reschedule your appointment, have any questions, or would like further information please contact our office.

Annual Charity Dinner A Success!

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.

Parking Lot Etiquette

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.

Preventing Road Salt Damage


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:

  1. Repair any noticeable chips, deep scratches or rust spots before the first snowfall.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Winter Tires vs All-Season Tires

Winter tires gain their advantage not only because they have superior tread patterns that are engineered for traction on ice and snow, but because they’re made with softer rubber compounds to enhance grip. That means when it’s cold, whether it’s on dry pavement, snow, or slush, they’ll always outperform all-season tires.

Regardless of your choice in tires, it’s important to check your tire pressure in winter on a regular basis. As temperatures drop, the pressure in your tires will decrease – ensuring that your winter tires have the right amount of pressure will extend their tread life, reduce fuel consumption, and keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

After all, tires are what allow you and your vehicle to roll down the road. The main functions of a vehicle’s tires include supporting the vehicle load, transmitting traction and braking forces to the road surface, absorbing road shocks, and changing and maintaining the direction of travel.