Kelowna Winter Driving Tips

Kelowna Winter Driving Tips

Nov 21, 2018

As you’re probably aware, Candian winters can be a little harsh, and Kelowna is no exception. Read these Kelowna winter driving tips before you get on the road!

Be careful driving to ski resorts

The local ski resorts tend to be at high elevations, which means you have to drive up some steep mountain roads where the snow can be much heavier and the low cloud coverage leads to problems with rain and fog on the roads. Big White Base is 1,508m high and Apex Mountain Resort is 1,575m high… the higher you go, the worse the snow tends to get!

The roads in the Okanagan Valley can be slushy

Often, when it is snowing high up in the mountains, the valley floor will experience knock-on effects of slush, sleet, and rain, causing the roads to become slippery and unstable. Just because you’re low down doesn’t mean you’re always in luck with the weather!

Be wary of the Coquihalla Highway and the Hwy 97C (the Coquihalla Connector)

Both of these highways are mountain roads at high elevations which are prone to poor driving conditions and heavy snowfall. If you can find an alternative way into Kelowna, such as Highway 3 (A/B) or Highway 5/5A, it may be a better idea in order to come across better driving conditions.

The bad road conditions can last until the spring

In some areas, the snow can hang around into April, with blowing snow, limited visibility, and icy streets making it near-impossible to drive! Don’t assume that the snow won’t be an issue if you’re traveling toward the start or spring – always check the local weather reports!

Driving in winter can be treacherous in Kelowna, be sure to follow these tips and equip your car properly, driving slowly and safely at all times! If you are unsure if your vehicle is winter ready, contact Paragon Motors today and get your vehicle inspected.

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