June STEP: Focus on Commercial Vehicle Safety
Commercial vehicles play an important role in moving goods around the province and across its borders. These vehicles are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, so other drivers should exercise caution and patience when sharing the road with them. Commercial vehicles have large blind spots, take longer to stop than smaller vehicles, and require a wide turning radius. Make sure to give them plenty of room on the road.
Facts about commercial vehicles:
- In 2018, truck-tractors made up 2.2 per cent of the total vehicles involved in casualty collisions, but 11.0 per cent of the vehicles in fatal crashes.
- 57.3 per cent of drivers of other vehicles involved in fatal collisions with truck tractors and 42.8 per cent in injury collisions committed a driving error. The most common errors were following too closely, being left of centre, or violating a stop sign (2014 - 2018).
- 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 (2014 -2018).
- Truck-tractor drivers are more likely than other drivers in casualty collisions to be fatigued or asleep at the time of the collision (2014 - 2018).
- In 2020, Sheriff Highway Patrol completed 21,207 commercial vehicle and/or driver inspections.
Remember when following a commercial vehicle if you can not see the driver, they can not see you. Stay safe!
For more information contact:
Sgt. Gerald Sadlemyer
Medicine Hat Police Service