Driving the Coquihalla in winter

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The Coquihalla Highway on a sunny day.
(Photo: TRANBC / CC,FLICKR)

Adapted from The Province
Level 2

The Coquihalla is a highway in British Columbia.

The highway runs from Hope to Merritt.

It is also called Highway 5.

The highway runs through the mountains.

It goes over high mountain passes.

The Coquihalla is a dangerous highway in the winter.

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Severe winter conditions on the Coquihalla.
(Photo: IWONA_KELLIE / CC,FLICKR)

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An avalanche safety truck on the Coquihalla Highway
(Photo: TRANBC / CC, FLICKR)

The area gets a lot of snow and fog.

The weather changes quickly.

Snow tires or chains are required.

Drivers must be prepared for severe weather.

Tips for drivers

  1. Use the drivebc.ca website to plan your trip.
  2. Check the weather before you leave.
  3. Check the road conditions on your route.
  4. Take a survival kit with extra clothes, food and blankets.
  5. Keep your cell phone fully charged.
  6. Keep your gas tank full of gas.
  7. Drive a safe distance behind other vehicles.
  8. Tell someone where you are going.
  9. Tell someone when you plan to arrive.

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