It would be interesting to see if the province ever enacts a law that requires drivers use winter tires, similiar to what Quebec does.

You have to give residents of British Columbia points for being honest. With the temperature only getting colder in Canada as we move closer to the official start of winter, the majority of drivers in B.C. admit in a new poll that they're the worst drivers in the country.

The poll, which was conducted by Insights West for the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), gives insight into how British Columbians rate themselves when it comes to getting behind the wheel when the snow starts falling. Based on the findings, it's clear they're not too worried about preparing for the winter.

For instance, 31 percent say they won't prepare for winter until it actually snows, while same amount don't think the province will have a bad winter. Even more people (32 percent) consider themselves good drivers, so they won't need to prepare for winter. Yikes.

What's interesting is that so many B.C. residents are not confident in their winter driving abilities, yet 68 percent of respondents think all B.C. drivers should use snow tires.

It's true that the west coast province doesn't typically get as much snow as other places in Canada, but a lot of weather forecasts predict that many areas in Canada - including B.C. - will be seeing a harsher winter than in recent years.

Stu Miller, who is BCAA's senior manager of automotive operations, isn't buying the "we don't get much snow excuse," though.

"Sleet, icy roads, heavy rainfall, cold temperatures, and more hours of darkness — this is a season of weather hazards at every turn and with half of drivers not even checking the weather before heading out, it's concerning,” says Miller.

What's interesting is that so many B.C. residents are not confident in their winter driving abilities, yet 68 percent of respondents think all B.C. drivers should use snow tires.

It would be interesting to see if the province ever enacts a law that requires drivers use winter tires, similiar to what Quebec does - in that province, winter tires are mandatory from December 15 to March 15.

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Even if that doesn't happen, other steps could be taken to make B.C. drivers safer when traversing snow. Having a first-aid kit, driving according to the conditions, and simply staying off the road if you're unsure of your abilities when the weather gets really bad, could all help change the decidedly negative opinion B.C. drivers have of themselves.

Source: Insights West on behalf of the BCAA

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