Traffic Safety in Alberta
If you can’t see the driver of a big rig, the driver can’t
see you either
People in passenger vehicles are more likely to be injured or killed
in a crash with a large vehicle than are the occupants of the large
Fact to Know
449 people were killed and 9,343
were injured in collisions involving commercial vehicles (2010
There are over 26,397 carriers
in Alberta that operate over 131,128 commercial vehicles.
Tractor-Trailers were 2.2 per
cent of the total vehicles involved in casualty collisions, but
10.1 per cent of the vehicles in fatal crashes (2014).
65.7 per cent of the drivers of
other vehicles involved in fatal collisions with truck tractors
and 42.5 per cent in injury collisions committed a driving
error. The most common errors were being left of centre,
following too closely or violating a stop sign (2010 to 2014).
The most common driving errors
on the part of the truck tractor driver in casualty collisions
were running off the road and following too closely.
What Professional Drivers Can
Make sure you are mentally and
physically fit to drive, that your vehicle is well maintained
and is in good working condition, and that you follow the rules
of the road.
Give the vehicle ahead of you
plenty of room in case the driver slows or stops suddenly.
Pull over when feeling tired,
especially late at night – it could save your life or someone
Be alert to the actions of
oncoming drivers and other drivers at intersections.
Take advanced and refresher
training courses and courses focusing on fatigue management.
Talk to your employer about
safety concerns and identify corrective actions.
What Other Drivers Can Do
Stay out of blind spots! Stay
far enough behind big trucks so that you can see both side
mirrors on the truck, including when stopped behind a truck.
Watch for turn signals - trucks
may swing to the left before making a right hand turn.
Passing a commercial vehicle
requires more time and space than passing a passenger vehicle.
It is safe to move back into the right lane when you see the
entire truck in your rear view mirror.
Learn more about
vehicle safety in Alberta.
Listen to the
Behind the Wheel radio spots.
June 12, 2016