Commercial vehicle safety is the Saskatchewan safety spotlight for the month of August.
Police will be on the lookout for commercial vehilces that are not following safety requirements and exhibiting unsafe driving behaviours.
Commercial drivers and their vehicles are held to a high standard of safety, and in the majority of collisions involving a commercial vehicle the driver of the other vehicle is responsible. On average, 15 per cent of traffic fatalities in Saskatchewan involve a large commercial vehicle, even though they account for less than three per cent of the vehicles on the road. However, in 87 per cent of fatal crashes involving a large truck, the action taken by the driver of the other vehicle was the major factor contributing to the collision.
When it comes to sharing the road with trucks and commercial vehicles, it comes down to patience and awareness of your surroundings. SGI recommends drivers keep the following tips in mind:
• Avoid the no-zone – the areas directly in front, behind and beside a truck. If you can’t see the truck’s mirrors –the driver likely can’t see you either.
• Give yourself extra time and space when passing.
• Never cut in front of trucks; their large size means they take longer to stop.
• Avoid tailgating by maintaining a safe following distance behind big trucks.
• Be patient and give trucks space; they require more room to perform certain manoeuvres.
• Use caution when crossing an intersection in front of an oncoming truck; their size may cause you to misjudge their speed.