ICBC: Last long weekend of summer could spell 2,200 crashes on B.C. roads
August 27, 2019
Whether you'll be driving a car or riding a motorcycle over the long weekend, ICBC is asking you to share the road and do your part to drive smart.
Every Labour Day long weekend, approximately five people die and 610 people are injured in 2,200 crashes across the province.*
On highways, expect to see many RVs, motorcyclists and trucks. If you're staying in town, expect more pedestrians and cyclists on the road. The key to sharing the road safely is to stay focused on driving and look out for the road users around you. Avoid distractions which will take your eyes off the road and your mind off driving.
ICBC's drive smart tips for sharing the road:
You can only see motorcycles when you really look for them so make a game of it. Ask every passenger to guess how many motorcycles you'll see during the drive and then count them as you travel. Leave plenty of space when passing a motorcycle and allow at least three seconds of following distance.
Crashes with trucks and RVs are usually much more serious due to their sheer size and weight. Keep clear of their blind spots – when following, you should be able to see both mirrors of the RV or truck in front of you. If you're behind a slow moving RV or truck climbing up a hill, leave extra space and be patient as they're probably trying their best to keep up with the flow of traffic.
Most crashes with cyclists and pedestrians happen at intersections so always look for them – especially before turning. Make eye contact if you can, so they can anticipate your next move.
Check road conditions at drivebc.ca before you leave. Be realistic about travel times and accept delays that may arise. Don't rush to make up time – slow down to reduce your risk of crashing and arrive at your destination safely. You also save fuel by driving at a safe and steady speed.
Over Labour Day weekend, on Vancouver Island, on average, 71 people are injured in 320 crashes every year.
Over Labour Day weekend, in the Southern Interior, on average, 77 people are injured in 330 crashes every year.
Over Labour Day weekend, in the North Central region, on average, 19 people are injured in 120 crashes every year.
Over Labour Day weekend, in the Lower Mainland, on average, 440 people are injured in 1,400 crashes every year.
*Based on five-year averages. Crash and injury data is based on ICBC data (2014 to 2018). Fatal data is based on police data (2013 to 2017). Labour Day long weekend is calculated from 18:00 hours the Friday prior to the holiday to midnight Monday.