EDITORIAL: Time to focus on seasonal safety

Weather provides stark reminder that it’s time to take extra precautions as we lurch into winter

The sky isn’t falling, but there’s plenty falling from it these days.

Toppled trees pulled down power lines on Monday leading to more than 2,000 residents without power and causing minor traffic delays.

The incident, caused by a major rainstorm, thankfully resulted in no injuries or vehicle damage.

But it does provide a stark reminder that it’s time for all of us to take a few extra precautions as we lurch into winter.

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The rains are only going to keep coming, of course.

Much of Vancouver Island has been under a rainfall warning this week, with one storm blowing through today and another expected Saturday. At the same time, the days grow shorter and darker.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has rolled out a provincewide Be Truck Aware campaign urging passenger vehicles and commercial trucks to share the road while following safe driving practices — and enforcing it with tickets for drivers of both cars and trucks who fail to do so.

Within the confines of individual vehicles, an emergency kit is always a good idea. At this time of year, it could become critical. Grab or pack a basic emergency kit for the road. Even in non-life threatening situations, a blanket, light and water supply can make life a lot more comfortable.

From the risk of hydroplaning on Highway 14 between Sooke and View Royal to getting stuck on the Malahat, the risks will rise in the coming months.

Leave yourself some extra time for travel, provide plenty of stopping space between you and the traffic ahead and, if you’re expecting to travel highways requiring snow tires, get them on sooner than later – they’ve been required since Oct. 1.



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