Winter Driving Can Be Dangerous

Every day thousands of people are on BC roads driving for either work or personal necessity. Our driving skills are pushed to the limit when winter weather –  fog, rain, snow and ice make roads more hazardous.

Winter conditions can be challenging for even the most experienced driver. A driver’s chances of being injured or killed in a crash dramatically increase during BC’s winter driving season, which runs from Oct. 1 to March 31.

The Hard Facts

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in BC accounting for 37 per cent of workplace fatalities every year.
  • On average, 24 BC workers die in a workplace motor vehicle crash every year. 1
  • In BC, the average number of crashes in which someone is killed or injured due to driving too fast for road conditions nearly doubles from fall to early winter – from 117 in October to 236 in December. 2

How Does Your Region Compare?

See how your region compares when it comes to the average number of casualty3 crashes for BC drivers due to driving too fast for road conditions in the early winter months.

  • Lower Mainland – Casualty crashes increase 15 per cent from about 57 in October to 65 in December.
  • Northern Central – Casualty crashes more than doubles from about 17 in October to 43 in December.
  • Southern Interior– Casualty crashes increase fourfold from about 22 in October to 98 in December.
  • Vancouver Island– Casualty crashes increase 44 per cent from about 21 in October to 30 in December.

1) Source: WorkSafeBC, BIA Datamart and ODW Snapshop, 2010 to 2014, June 2014.
2) Source: ICBC Police Reported Data, ‘Driving too Fast for the Conditions’, 2011 – 2015 (October vs
December).
3) CASUALTY: Crash incident resulting in injury or fatality.