4×4 SUV drivers must still be careful on ice, View Royal fire chief cautions

Pair of crashes on Trans Canada Highway blamed on excessive speed

Early morning ice patches were blamed for a pair of crashes attended by View Royal Fire Rescue on Tuesday.

Crews responded to two separate motor vehicle incidents involving 4×4 sport utility vehicles. The first was overnight in the 300 block of Island Highway, with a second call coming in just after 4 a.m. near the Colwood overpass on the Trans Canada Highway.

Fire Chief Paul Hurst said speed was a factor in both crashes, especially with “a sheet of ice on all travel portions of the highway,” he added. No one was hurt in either crash, but the incidents prompted him to remind drivers not to be overconfident in terms of safety when operating under winter driving scenarios.

“Even four-wheel-drive vehicles crash when you drive contrary to the road conditions,” he said. “Motorists in large pick-up trucks and SUVs seem to fall into a false sense of security, because they are under the impression that only two-wheel drive cars crash in snow and ice. We usually see more accidents involving these types of vehicles versus cars.”

With freezing overnight temperatures and precipitation forecast to continue now through the weekend, he reminded drivers to leave extra time to get to work when the roads are not in ideal condition, and to travel more slowly to ensure a safe arrival.

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