File # Public Advisory
2013-07-31 11:08 PDT

We don’t want to rain on your parade…but while we have enjoyed over 388 hours of sunshine, and—so long as it stays dry until midnight tonight—the first time we've experienced a completely dry calendar month, this is Metro Vancouver, so it’s time to face the truth: The rain will come eventually! And when it does, the Coquitlam RCMP wants you to stay safe on the roads.

During a dry-spell like the one we’re in there's lots of dirt and oil being ground into the pavement and settling on and in vehicles every day, said Cst Michelle Luca. That means when the rain comes back, which is inevitable, the roads will be extra slick and drivers’ visibility could be compromised by grimy windows.

It’s a dangerous combination. But Cst Luca and the Coquitlam RCMP have some advice for road users while the sun is still shining.

Being predictable is the best way to keep safe, said Cst Luca. Whether you’re a cyclist, a driver or a pedestrian knowing and following the rules of the road is critical. Our roads are safest when everyone knows their rights and responsibilities and looks out for their fellow road users.

While you’re enjoying the warm weather the Coquitlam RCMP is asking drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to spend some time getting ready to stay safe for when the wet weather.



  • Replace your windshield wipers. They can get brittle in long dry spells and won't be able to get the water, dirt and oil off your windshield.
  • Top up your windshield wiper fluid.
  • Wash your headlight and taillight casings, your license plate and your side view mirrors.
  • Check your tires for tread depth and inflation. The deeper the tread, the less likely you will skid or hydroplane. And make sure tires are inflated to manufacturer specifications. Hint: look on the fuel lid, in the glove box or check your owner’s manual to confirm specs for your vehicle.
  • Make sure your windows are clean inside and out. And make sure your demisting/defogging equipment works.
  • Always use headlights (not just running lights) but avoid using high beams. Headlights help make your vehicle visible but the reflection from high beams can actually reduce your ability to see other road users.
  • Leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. The three-second rule applies in good weather but you should double it to six seconds for light rain/fog and triple it to nine seconds for heavy rain/fog. If the vehicle in front of you is a commercial vehicle or a bus, leave even more room.
  • Slow down. Posted speed limits assume good road and weather conditions. So even if conditions are only slightly less than perfect, stay below the limit to keep yourself and other road users safe.
  • Adjust your planned travel time to include sufficient time to fully demist/defog all your windows.
  • Don't use cruise control in the rain. If you hydroplane in cruise control your wheels can reach an excessive speed while they're not in contact with the road, which means you'll be jolted forward once the wheels make contact again.
  • External link, opens in a new windowCheck the ICBC website for more tips and information.



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