Be Prepared For The Unpredictability Of Fall And Winter Weather

mainroad contractingEveryone needs to prepared for the unpredictability of fall and winter weather. Please don’t wait until weather conditions deteriorate. 

Whether you’re driving across town, or across the province, it’s important that you and your vehicle are prepared for winter driving conditions.


5 actions to reduce the risk of a winter driving crash

  1. Prepare yourself and your vehicle for the winter season and conditions now. 

    Do not wait until the snow, black ice, heavy rain, fog, extended periods of darkness and colder temperatures hit.  Whether you are driving a fleet or personal vehicle for work, ensure it is winter ready with a pre-season maintenance check-up.

    Ensure your vehicle is equipped with:

    a. a battery, brakes, light and fuses, cooling and heating systems, electrical and exhaust systems and belts and hoses, which have been found to be in good condition by a qualified person and meet manufacturer’s specifications.
    b. suitable first-aid supplies and a winter survival kit.
    c. a set of four matched winter tires. Winter tires in good condition with adequate tread depth are a legal requirement on B.C. highways during the winter driving season.

    While tires with the mud and snow symbol meet the minimum legal requirement, tires with the 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol offer the best traction on snow and ice, and when temperatures fall below 7°C.

    d. chains in good condition, that fit your tires and that you know how/ have the tools to put on, if you operate a commercial truck. Commercial vehicles in B.C. are legally required to carry chains from October 1 to March 31.

2. Determine if driving for work is necessary. If possible, accomplish your work tasks via email, conference calls, online meetings, courier or public transit to eliminate the need to drive.

3. Check road and weather conditions and determine whether it’s safe to drive. Check road conditions by using resources such as for highway driving or news or weather services before a trip. Don’t drive if conditions are unsafe, or worsening; cancel or re-schedule trips when necessary.

4. Plan your trip. If driving is necessary, develop a trip plan including determining the safest route, alternate routes in case of closures or conditions, rest breaks and who and when you’ll be checking in with. Determine whether your vehicle is right for the trip; is it equipped for roads and weather conditions? Determine whether you are fit to drive; ensure you aren’t fatigued or on any medication, and that you have appropriate snacks and water available. Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s safety features; adjust mirrors, seats, steering wheels, and head rests.

5. Drive safely.
a. Slow down. No matter how much driving experience you have, the way your vehicle will handle on snow, ice or rain can be unpredictable. The posted speed limit is the maximum speed allowed under ideal conditions.

Drivers have a legal responsibility to drive according to the conditions, which often means driving below the posted speed limit. Reducing your speed will allow you more time to react to hazards such as black ice or pedestrians at intersections.

b. Maintain a safe following distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars — at least four seconds.
c. Learn or be trained in winter driving skills such as how to brake safely and get out of a skid. – provides current road and travel conditions.

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Time to Shift Into Winter Vancouver Island!

On this gorgeous fall day, Mainroad reminds Vancouver Island motorists that it’s time to Shift into Winter!

mainroad contractingThe Winter Driving Safety Alliance has launched the 2018 Shift into Winter Campaign— an annual road safety initiative focused on reducing the frequency and severity of winter weather-related vehicle crashes in BC. It encourages drivers and workplaces to be prepared for the winter season.

As a member of the Alliance, Mainroad, encourages motorists and residents to shift into winter driving mode and prepare for the upcoming season.

Don’t wait until snow arrives.  Whether you’re driving across town, or across the province, it’s important that you and your vehicle are prepared for winter conditions.

A few simple steps could make a difference to your safety:

  • Know before you go.

First – do you really need to go?  Check the current road and weather conditions on . Delay travel if conditions are unsafe.

  • Plan your route ahead of time.

Avoid any roads that may become dangerous during bad weather. If you have to travel:

  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination to avoid rushing.
  • Select the safest route.
  • Have an emergency plan so if you get stuck, you are prepared. Stay with your vehicle for safety.
  • Slow down.

During winter, road conditions change fast, and so should your speed. The posted speed limit is the maximum speed under ideal driving conditions, so when the snow hits, you should slow down and drive with care. Even the most experienced drivers cannot predict how their vehicle will react in snow or on ice. 

  • Prepare your vehicle for winter weather. Install a set of four matched winter tires and keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Every year, be sure to give your vehicle a pre-season maintenance check-up.
  • Know how to drive for the conditions before you get behind the wheel.

Don’t learn by accident. Winter road conditions vary around the province and can change quickly. You should:

  • Always maintain a safe following distance — at least four seconds. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road.
  • Drop your speed to match road conditions. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions.
  • Learn or be trained in winter driving skills.

For more information on what you can do to stay safe when driving this winter, visit

Mainroad Group Communications Direct: 604-575-7032 |

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Mainroad Contracting is Here on The North Island


October 1, 2018

*A warm welcome to North Island Communities!*

“With the award of BC Provincial highway maintenance contracts for Service
Area 2 (Mid-Vancouver Island) and Area 3 (North Vancouver Island), we are
delighted to be returning to our Vancouver Island roots,” noted Peter
Ashcroft, President and CEO for the Mainroad Group of Companies.

Mainroad’s Operation Team have mobilized crews, equipment and yards in the
service area while community outreach with stakeholders and First Nations is

“We really appreciate the support we are receiving from the public
and look forward to successfully serving the communities in which the Mainroad
Team lives and works,” stated Rick Gill, General Manager for Mainroad Mid and
North Island Contracting.

The headquarters and primary works yard for Mainroad North Island Contracting
( are
located in Cumberland with supporting work yards in Campbell River, Gold
River, Port McNeill, Sayward and the Gulf Islands of Quadra, Cortes, Denman
and Hornby.

To report changing road conditions or emergency situations that could cause a
hazard to motorists, pedestrians, and/or cyclists, Mainroad maintains a toll free
**24-hour hotline: 1-877-215-7122**.

All feedback is logged, and observations are passed onto Operations.

*While we encourage the public to report concerns to our 24-hour hotline, we welcome
feedback through our other communication channels and invite everyone to
follow Mainroad on social media where we will share road and weather
advisories and road safety information.*

Social Media: Twitter: @mainroadNisland | Facebook: Mainroad North Island

Gold River Days Soapbox Extravaganza

During the Gold River Days event on August 24-26, 2018, the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Village of Gold River will be sponsoring a Soapbox Extravaganza. 

Everyone welcome to attend and those who want to enter must sign a consent/waiver form and wear a helmet! The consent/waiver form is in pdf format so make sure you have adobe reader installed on your computer to print off the form.

You can also drop by the Vault at Nimpkish Plaza and pickup a copy of the consent/waiver form if you don’t have access to a printer.

gold river chamber of commerce soapbox extravaganza