Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is reminding BC drivers that just because snow is melting, it does not necessarily mean that the roads are safer. Road conditions are slippery and may contain standing water, and drivers need to continue to adapt to the poor winter road environment.
Drivers need to be extra cautious of hazards created by melting snow and significant rainfall, including standing water, flooded areas, potholes, and the possibility of black ice, if temperatures dip again.
A major risk is hydroplaning, when drivers go too fast over water and their tires lose contact with the road. If this happens, ease off the accelerator, avoiding braking, and steer in the direction you want to go. If braking is unavoidable, pump the brakes gently until the hydroplaning has stopped. If the car has anti-lock brakes, apply firm, constant pressure.
Drivers can check road conditions at DriveBC before travelling, especially as there have been some road closures due to mudslides or flooding.