Celebrate Canada’s National Trucking Week (September 1 – 7, 2013) with 10 safety tips for drivers on BC's resource roads

Date: 
September 4, 2013

NANAIMO & PRINCE GEORGE, September 4, 2013 – In celebration of Canada’s National Trucking Week, the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) is pleased to salute BC’s many log hauling professionals and acknowledge their continuing work to ensure the safety of all road users. Drive well and stay safe!

Tips for driving on resource roads:

  1. Expect large industrial vehicles that need more space and time to stop.
  2. Reduce speed, never exceed 80 km/hour, and drive according to road conditions and visibility.
  3. Yield to industrial traffic.
  4. Drive with your lights on.
  5. Stop only in safe visible locations.
  6. Observe and obey road signs.
  7. Always have an emergency plan and kit, extra food, clothing and water.
  8. Don’t drink and drive.
  9. Stay alert! Focus on driving.
  10. Wear your seatbelt.

“Every day needs to be a safe driving day on all our roads. My best advice to anyone, whether driving for business or pleasure, is never get in a vehicle to drive unless you are well-rested, prepared for the trip and ready to give 100% of your focus and attention to the road,” said Rick Walters, Director Transportation, BCFSC.

About BCFSC:
The British Columbia Forest Safety Council was created in September 2004 as a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting forest safety in the forest industry. The organization provides training, information, guidance, safety advisor advocacy, safety reviews and audits to industry. The focus is on preventing fatalities and injuries by helping all industry participants implement best practice safety performance in every forest harvesting job. This covers silviculture activities and timber falling, to machine operators, log truck drivers, heli-logging operations, water haulers and more. Unsafe is Unacceptable.

Contact:
Pam Agnew, BCFSC: 250-824-5186

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