While Metro Vancouver continues to dig out from Tuesday's (Dec. 20) snowfall, ICBC says there have been thousands of regional claims in the past week.
Across the province, there were 13,345 claims reported between Dec. 11 to 19 — the most coming on Dec. 14 with 1,722.
Burnaby was third in the top 20 loss locations in B.C. during the same time period, with 711 claims reported.
Last Wednesday (Dec. 14) was the city's highest count at 112.
December averages 26,000 crashes, ICBC said in a news release, which they added is 2,000 more crashes than the monthly average in B.C.
With more snow forecasted later this week, the insurance corporation shared the following tips:
- Prepare your vehicle: Winter tires are the safest choice when driving in winter conditions, especially when it snows. Many B.C. highways require winter tires, labelled with either the mountain/snowflake symbol or the mud and snow (M+S) designation. Top up wiper fluid for clearer visibility and pack an emergency kit including a blanket, food and water. More information on preparing your vehicle for winter conditions is available online at Shift Into Winter. Once your vehicle is prepared, check drivebc.ca for road conditions and closures along your route
- Slow down: Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions only. It takes more time and distance to come to a complete stop on wet, icy or snowy roads. Adjust your speed to the conditions and always maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles
- Take a break: If you're on a longer drive, use highway rest stops to stretch, take a break and check your messages. Pull over at the nearest rest area as soon as you start to feel drowsy. Get out and walk around to get some fresh air. If that's not enough, turn off your car and take a nap
- Plan for a safe ride home: If your holiday festivities are going to involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home: arrange for a designated driver, book a ride sharing service, call a taxi, use public transit, or use Operation Red Nose where available