The long weekend is almost here and many of us will have plans to get away.  If those plans include a road trip, ICBC has some safe driving tips for you.  According to ICBC, on average on this long weekend four people are killed and 650 injured in 2300 crashes in the province.  To help you stay safe this weekend, ICBC has the following tips for safe driving over the Easter long weekend:

  1.  Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times check drivebc.ca for road and weather conditions before starting your trip.
  2. Get some rest:  Make sure you’re well rested before heading out on a long drive.  Take breaks or switch drivers every two hours to avoid fatigue.
  3. Check your vehicle:  If this is your first longer drive of the year, remember to check your engine oil, washer fluid, lights and inspect your vehicle tires, including your spare, to make sure they are in good condition and properly inflated.
  4. Slow down on wet roads:  Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slippery roads.  Avoid driving through flooded or washed out roads.
  5. Watch for wildlife warning signs:  Animals may be feeding on plants near the roadside this spring.  Slow down and use caution when you see wildlife on or near a highway, so you have time to react if an animal crosses your path.

And don’t forget to leave the phone alone!  Distracted driving is dangerous ad a primary cause of crashes on BC roads.  Do your part to help keep our roads safe.