Kelowna RCMP reminds drivers that winter is looming

Kelowna RCMP is warning residents that winter driving is closing in on the region. Global News

With fall in full swing, Kelowna RCMP want to remind Okanagan residents that the winter-driving season is approaching.

“At this time of year, road conditions can be extremely unpredictable,” Sgt. Mark Booth, Kelowna RCMP traffic section’s officer-in-charge said.

The detachment listed steps to take to be safe:

  • Make sure all four of your tires are winter rated and in good condition. “Our highways with high mountain passes require winter tires or chains starting on October 1st.”
  • Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle. “This should include non-perishable food, scraper/snowbrush, flashlight, flares, shovel and traction mat, sand, or kitty litter, jumper cables, and extra clothes or a blanket.”
  • Be seen. “When it’s a dark wintery day, or it’s raining or snowing, turn on your headlights. (Remember: Taillights don’t activate when you have your daytime running lights on).”
  • Drive for the conditions. “The posted speed limit is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. If it’s raining, snowy or icy, drop your speed to match the road conditions.”
  • Plan your route and let someone know. “If you’re planning a trip make sure to plan your route, check road conditions and let someone know about it.”
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