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 doubles from fall to early winter – from 123 in October to 246 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 claims 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 25 per cent from about 61 in October to 77 in December.
- Northern Central – Casualty crashes more than double from about 16 in October to 34 in December.
- Southern Interior – Casualty crashes increase fourfold from about 20 in October to 99 in December.
- Vancouver Island – Casualty crashes increase 51 per cent from about 24 in October to 37 in December.
1 ICBC Police Reported Data, ‘Driving Too Fast for the Conditions’, 2013 – 2017 (October vs December)
2 WorkSafeBC Data 2013 – 2017
3 CASUALTY: Crash incident resulting in injury or fatality