June 28, 2007
ICBC reminds motorists to avoid high-risk driving to stay safe on Canada Day weekend
Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is encouraging drivers to help make roads safer this Canada Day long weekend. According to a five-year average (2002-2006), two people die and 161 are injured in 574 crashes on Canada Day in B.C.. These crashes cost ICBC and its customers more than $4.4 million in claims costs.
ICBC says that many motorists will admit to occasionally engaging in high-risk driving behaviours, such as following too closely or not stopping completely at stop signs, but most do not usually consider themselves to be high-risk drivers. However, there is a strong link between these behaviours and crashes; excessive speed, failing to yield, improper passing, following too close and running red lights or stop signs caused 45 per cent of automobile-related deaths in 2005. ICBC suggests the following:
- Avoid high-risk driving behaviours, practice courtesy and set an example for other drivers.
- Slow down and maintain a safe traveling speed between your vehicle and the one in front.
- Use extra caution, share the road, and keep a lookout for motorcyclists and bicyclists.
- Prior to road trips, check the condition of your vehicle, inspect all tires including the spare, make sure tires are properly inflated, and ensure all necessary fluids are topped up.