Langford Fire Rescue and West Shore RCMP attended no major weather-related incidents over the weekend and into Monday morning, outside of the usual fender benders and other minor motor vehicle incidents typical in snowy conditions.
But with more snow predicted for Monday and through this week, emergency responders are taking the opportunity to remind drivers of ways to stay safe on the roads.
If you have to drive, it’s always best to have snow tires on your vehicle, said Langford Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Chris Aubrey.
“Drive carefully, be aware of the conditions and be extra cautious,” he added.
It’s also important to clear all of the snow off your vehicle, including the lights and roof to increase visibility and reduce the risk of snow flying off of your car and hindering motorists behind you.
Pedestrians need to be extra vigilant as well, because vehicles cannot stop as quickly in snowy or icy conditions, Aubrey noted.
Use salt or sand to ensure the walkway in front of your house is clear and for older residents especially, be careful not to overexert yourself when shovelling snow.
Drivers who must use the Malahat are required to have snow tires on their vehicles until March 31. The fine for driving without snow tires is $121, while the fine for having insufficient tread – less than 3.5 millimetres – is $109.
For up-to-date conditions, visit drivebc.com.