Dale Fearman a O.T.A. Road Knight presented recently at our Rotary Luncheon and had some very interesting points to discuss with us all about Sharing the Road with the Big Rigs!

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Dale Fearman a Road Knight of the Ontario Trucking Association to spread the word of safety.  Dale started by letting everyone know that he has a personal odometer reading of 3.8 million kilometers as a professional truck driver.  The OTA Road Knights have been around for a long time.  They are a volunteer group of professional truckers that speak to the public about road safety and sharing the road with the big rigs safely.  Everything we use or buy in one way or another was shipped by a truck.  Only 2-3% of all traffic accidents last year involved a transport truck.  In over 70% of those accidents the truck and driver were found NOT at fault.  Transports are big and scary but they need to be on the road.

Dale than discussed some good safety tips when sharing the road with the big rigs.

Ø  When passing a truck do not stare at the side of the truck.

-Drivers often steer at what they are looking at.

Ø  Be confident and pass the truck quickly.  Do not ride a long side for any length of time.

Ø  When passing make sure you leave a large gap behind you before pulling back in front of the truck.

Ø  Be aware of the truck’s blind spots and stay out of them.

-If you cannot see the driver’s eyes to make eye contact than odds are he cannot see your vehicle.

Ø  Give room behind the truck when stopping.

Trucks can roll backwards when trying to start from a dead stop.

Ø  When a truck puts its turn signal on slow down and stay back.

-Turning sometimes takes more than one lane.  The truck driver will not be able to see a car that pulls up beside his trailer when he is pointing the cab of the truck 90 degrees around the corner.

-Truck drivers are sitting 8-10 feet higher that the average car driver and can see a lot farther down the road than car and light truck drivers.  Take the hint and merge when they do!

Ø  The average transport truck can be up to 40 times the weight of a car or van.  It takes that truck 3-4 times longer to stop than it does you.  Do Not pull in front of a truck in motion and then slow down!

Even if the truck driver’s reflexes are perfect he may still not be able to stop in time.

Dale and the OTA are working on an Apprenticeship program for new drivers to present to the government.

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