Long weekend travelers urged to drive carefully as congestion builds

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Long weekend travelers are advised to drive with caution as roads and ferries are expected to be busy.

According British Columbia FerriesFriday evening to Saturday morning sailings fill up quickly, with many running under 20% capacity between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.

Reservations are also filling up, with the majority booked for Friday and Saturday.

The company strongly recommends that travelers book in advance, if possible, and travel outside peak hours to avoid boating waits.

Roads are also expected to be busy, which has urged road safety companies like BCAA to remind drivers to drive carefully.

Josh Smythe, BCAA’s customer service manager, said this includes being patient, giving yourself extra time to get to your destination, packing extra water and snacks, planning your routes and monitor your fuel level and other indicators.

“Pay special attention to the temperature gauge,” Smythe said. “If it starts to rise more than it should or more than it has in the past, it’s better to stop and cool it than to continue and cause bigger problems.”

He added that travelers should also have alternate routes planned in case of delays or detours along the original route.

Delays can be caused by a number of things like collisions or construction work.

Traffic Safety at Work said the number of construction zones increased during the summer months.

The organization asks drivers to slow down in work areas, as road conditions can vary and people are working there.

Trace Acres, program director, said it was very important to follow all traffic signs, follow the directions of traffic controllers and give them space.

“I saw a comment from a traffic controller that if I have to stop traffic, don’t stop right in front of me. Give me about six or 10 feet because if someone comes up behind you and they don’t see that vehicle stopped, they could push that vehicle right into the worker,” Acres said.

He said this is also important for emergency vehicles or tow trucks that might be parked on the side of the road, adding that it is important to slow down and move on.

According to Road Safety at Work, two roadside workers were killed and 31 were seriously injured in British Columbia last year. Over the past 10 years, 12 people have been killed and 221 seriously injured across the province.

“We would definitely like to see those numbers go down,” Acres added. “We would absolutely like to get those numbers to zero if possible. To do this, we need the cooperation of everyone on the roads and passing through work zones. »

He added that roadside workers will also come under more pressure over the long weekend as they deal with increased traffic and temperatures from the ongoing heat wave across Colombia. -British.

Smythe added that these temperatures will also heat up your car’s interior when exposed to the sun.

“If the temperature is a mild 23 degrees outside, in 10 minutes it can hit 30 or 32 and keep rising,” Smythe said. “Please do not leave friends, family, pets or any other living beings inside the parked car with windows open or closed in this type of weather.”

He said it would be very important to have extra water on the trip and if you have a medical emergency, call 911.

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