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 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 130 in October to 261 in December.1
  • In 2016, BC experienced an unusually severe winter, surprising drivers. As a result, casualty crashes from October to December where driving too fast for the conditions was a contributing factor were almost 10 per cent higher in 2016 than in 2015.
  • October, November and December are the most dangerous months for people who drive for work as there are more work-related crashes in each of these months than at any other time of the year. Almost 30 per cent of all work-related crashes resulting in injury and time loss occur during these three months.2
  • Last winter was a particularly bad one for work-related crashes. In December 2016, WorkSafeBC claims from crashes that resulted in injuries and lost time from work were 38 per cent higher than in December 2015.

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 21 per cent from about 65 in October to 79 in December.
  • Northern Central – Casualty crashes more than doubles from about 17 in October to 40 in December.
  • Southern Interior– Casualty crashes increase fourfold from about 23 in October to 104 in December.
  • Vancouver Island– Casualty crashes increase 56 per cent from about 25 in October to 39 in December.

1 ICBC Police Reported Data, ‘Driving Too Fast for the Conditions’, 2012 – 2016 (October vs December)
2 WorkSafeBC 2017
3 CASUALTY: Crash incident resulting in injury or fatality