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Winter, All at Once: ICBC reports 94 percent spike in claims as west coast gets first major snowfall

Vancouver, British Columbia — Canada’s west coast is feeling the effects of its first major snowfall in not just its collective chilly toes, but in a 94 percent spike in collision claims recorded from Nov. 22 to this past Tuesday, according to a press release from ICBC.

From the period of Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, claims reported to the provincial insurer by B.C. drivers jumped from 1,837 to 3,567 as the typically rainy city endured snow and high winds throughout the latter half of that period.

With this release of claims statistics also came the usual note from ICBC to remind drivers to keep their vehicles in good repair and equipped with an emergency kit as winter driving becomes more severe over the coming months.

As well, the insurance corporation always recommends driving slower than normal during the winter and avoiding the road altogether if you feel road conditions are unsafe.

And as if it needs to be said—watch out for black ice.

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