Commercial Vehicles

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Make Changes, Not Excuses.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure the vehicle they are driving is safe to share the road. Commercial vehicle drivers are responsible and accountable for the safety and maintenance of their equipment.

For drivers of commercial vehicles

  • Pull over when feeling tired – it could save your life or someone else’s.
  • Be alert to the actions of oncoming drivers and other drivers at intersections.
  • Complete proper pre- and post-trip inspections to ensure your vehicle is in good operating condition.
  • Ensure your vehicle is within the allowed weight limit to prevent damage to the infrastructure.
  • Signal well in advance when planning to turn or change lanes.

For drivers of passenger vehicles

  • Stay out of blind spots! Stay far enough behind big trucks so that you can see both side mirrors on the truck. If you can’t see the truck driver, he can’t see you either!
  • Never cut in front of commercial vehicles.
  • Allow yourself extra time to pass a big rig.
  • Signal well in advance when planning to turn or change lanes.
  • If you are driving beside a truck, watch for turn signals as trucks require a wide turning radius.


  • From 2008 to 2012, there were 2,415 large trucks involved in casualty collisions in Alberta.
  • There were 230 people killed and 2,914 people injured in these collisions.
  • The deaths include 34 truck drivers, 12 of whom were killed in single vehicle rollovers.

Source: Government of Alberta Transportation

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Last edited: November 29, 2019