Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

READING - The Road Safety Monitor, Large Trucks in Canada

TIRF New LogoMany Canadian drivers do not believe driver training programs for passenger vehicles provide adequate education about sharing the road with large trucks.

The survey conducted in September and October of 2009 found that 62.4% of respondents did not believe training is adequate. Another 20.2% of respondents simply answered they did not know whether training is adequate or not.

Q&A - Ticketed for Slow Driving

Q&A ImageI just got home from my week of driving and today I received a ticket for "Slow Driving" which I don't understand or agree with.

The Trucker's Top Five Concerns

Truck Driver's ViewI asked a couple of transport truck drivers what bothered them about the drivers of small vehicles. We had a lively half hour discussion from which I gathered their top five concerns. Each of them could have serious consequences for everyone on the highway.

READING - Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees

ETSC LogoThe European Transport Safety Council has released the first of it's thematic reports in the PRAISE series asking the question "How can in-vehicle safety equipment improve road safety at work?"

Forestry TruckSafe Takes Responsibility

Forest Safety Council LogoPerhaps one of the more difficult aspects of driving is taking responsibility for your actions when you drive your vehicle or your employer's vehicle. We tend to sit anonymously in the confines of the passenger compartment and not feel obligated to exercise our social manners toward the other unfamiliar drivers around us.

VIDEO - The No Zone

VideoThis video is an excellent illustration of the "No Zone," an area around a heavy commercial truck where the driver has difficulty seeing small vehicles. All drivers should view this video as it will change their attitude about sharing the road for good. If you do find yourself in the "No Zone," never spend any longer there than you have to.

READING - Heavy Vehicles Tire Blowout and Explosion

IRSST LogoDid you know that in Québec, 360 accidents involving a vehicle tire occurred over a period of 10 years, including some ten fatal accidents directly attributable to heavy vehicle tire blowout or explosion? This fact sheet presents the phenomenon of mechanical blowout of heavy vehicle tires mounted on wheels, and the process and events that lead to tire blowout or explosion as a result of heat buildup.

RESEARCH - Driving While Fatigued

Truck TractorDriver fatigue is an important causal factor in many highway crashes—and is of particular concern in the trucking industry where many operators undertake long haul drives with limited amounts of sleep. Previous studies suggest that fatigue can affect steering performance and speed control.

In real world driving studies and in driving simulator studies, steering performance has been found to gradually worsen with time.

READING - Truck Compliance Advisory Panel Report

MOTI BannerAre you concerned with heavy truck safety on BC highways? The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has produced a report described by the following excerpt:

Commercial Vehicles - Meeting a Wide Load

Pilot VehicleCould you do an article on wide commercial loads when a pilot car is used? The reason I am asking is that I almost got run down once when a wide load came over into my lane, oncoming, to swing wide in order to make a right turn. Understandable, except there was no warning because the pilot car had already made the turn and was nowhere in sight.

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