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 increase during winter months:
- In BC, the average number of crashes in which someone is killed or injured due to driving too fast for the conditions more than doubles from fall to early winter – from 99 in September to 220 in December.1
- The winter months of November, December, and January are a particularly dangerous time for people who drive for work, with nearly 28 per cent of all work-related crashes resulting in injury and time loss occurring during these months.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 48 per cent from approximately 50 in September to 74 in December.
- Northern Central – Casualty crashes increase nearly fourfold from approximately 8 in September to 31 in December.
- Southern Interior – Casualty crashes increase nearly fourfold from approximately 22 in September to 79 in December.
- Vancouver Island – Casualty crashes nearly double from approximately 19 in September to 37 in December.
1 ICBC Police Reported Data, ‘Driving Too Fast for the Conditions’, 2015 – 2019 (September vs December)
2 WorkSafeBC Data 2015 – 2019
3 CASUALTY: Crash incident resulting in injury or fatality