Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the province, and the police are encouraging motorists to make smart driving decisions to keep the B.C. Day long weekend safe.

On average, 1,730 crashes occur over the long weekend in the province, resulting in 510 injuries and three deaths.

ICBC offers the following tips:

Plan ahead. If your activities are going to involve alcohol, arrange for a safe way home. Plan for a designated driver, take a taxi or public transit, or call a friend or family member for a ride home.

Be realistic about your travel times. Check Drive B.C. for possible highway closures before heading out and allow extra time for delays that may occur, especially over the long weekend when more vehicles will be on the road. If you’re going to be later than you expected, relax and deal with it.

Slow down and keep your distance. Always follow the posted speed limits in construction and playground zones. Weaving in and out of traffic is one of the top five high-risk behaviours that cause car crashes. Keep your distance from other vehicles, especially motorcycles, which have shorter stopping distances.

Buckle up. You are 25 times more likely to be killed in a crash if ejected from the vehicle.

Set an example. Children and other drivers notice your smart driving decisions, which can have a significant influence on others.

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