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British Columbians name their winter driving pet peeves

Lack of winter tires is one pet peeve among many for B.C. motorists having to deal with other drivers' behaviour during winter months.
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January 06, 2021 - 7:30 AM

Winter driving can be an upsetting experience, especially when you have to share the road with other annoying drivers.

The additional details of dealing with ice, snow, and changing weather conditions can be a challenge for some motorists to overcome, and their driving habits can be exasperating.

B.C. Transportation is asking drivers what ticks them off the most when it comes to winter driving – here’s a few of the things that drivers have responded with so far:

  • People who drive with only a peephole to look out of
  • SUVs that cut in front and throw slush all over the windshield
  • People who think they are invincible because they drive a 4x4 or all wheel drive vehicle
  • People who don’t take all the snow off their vehicles
  • Drivers who think they are invisible, and no one else matters
  • Drivers who tailgate
  • Truckers who don’t think about the vehicle they’re passing in a snowstorm
  • People who don’t clear snow off the back window
  • People who don't put their winter tires on by Oct. 1

Calling the airing of driving beefs “cathartic,” B.C. Transportation says although we can’t control others’ driving behaviours, we can enlighten ourselves on how our highway habits affect others’ experiences, which can lead to self improvement.

You can add your pet winter driving peeve to the list by taking the Tell Tran BC survey — but only after letting us know in the comments below.

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