At Caron, top priority is given to safety, both on and off the road.
Prospective Caron drivers must participate in our rigorous in-house selection and training process. Candidates must have the necessary commercial driving qualifications, and pass our own intense road and knowledge test. Newly hired drivers apprentice with experienced Caron Transportation Systems professional drivers before they go out on their own. Our safety department vigilantly monitors on-road performance via an onboard monitoring system and other modern technology, tracking vital driving statistics such as speed, braking, shifting, idling, and time working.
As a carrier that handles specialized commodities, we recognize the potential impact of our operations. Caron’s safety specialists are always prepared, ready to roll out exhaustive, state-of-the-art emergency response and recovery procedures using our specialized equipment. We partner with outside emergency organizations, and work closely with regulatory agencies. Our in-house safety specialists continuously monitor and update our emergency response plan. All staff involved in the handling of specialized commodities undergo comprehensive training and routinely participate in emergency response simulation exercises.
Sharing the Road with Trucks
You also have a role to play in enhancing road safety. The length and width of large trucks can create special driving situations for both small and large vehicle drivers. To share the road safely with a truck means to be aware of its capabilities and limitations.
Stay visible when behind a truck
When you come to a stop behind a truck, keep to the left of your lane so the driver can see you in his side mirror. If you can’t see the truck driver in one of the side mirrors, they probably can’t see you.
Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and a truck in front of you to prevent roll back incidents, which can happen when a truck driver stops on an upgrade. The truck may have a heavy load, and has many gears to shift to get going.
Never tailgate, particularly trucks. The truck’s size will block your view, forcing you to rely on his brake lights instead of your view of the road. You will also be in one of the truck driver’s blind spots.
Never pull in front of a truck without leaving adequate room between your vehicle and the front of the truck. Trucks cannot stop suddenly, and you might cause a jackknife or a major crash.
The same rules apply for passing a truck as for passing a car: Make sure traffic is clear, pass as quickly and safely as possible, and wait until you see both headlights in the rear-view mirror before re-entering the lane. Additionally, maintain your speed once you pass — trucks take longer to get up to highway speed, and must work harder to maintain their speed.
When a truck driver is backing up, he has to use side mirrors. Even though they are very large mirrors, they still leave a big blind spot. Be patient, and never cross behind a truck preparing to back up.
Always pay close attention to truck turn signals. A truck approaching an intersection to make a right turn may move to the left to avoid running the trailer onto the curb. As the truck moves left, a narrow, temporary lane is created to its right before the truck swings into its right turn.
Keep the centre lane open
The centre lane is the trucker’s passing lane. On many major roadways, transport trucks are forbidden from using the high speed (far left) lane. That means they rely on the centre lane as their passing lane. If you travel in the centre lane, be sure you are traveling at the posted speed limit.
Watch out for blind spots!
- Driving behind trucks: If you can see the truck’s mirrors, then the driver can probably see your vehicle. You may make your vehicle more visible by moving it slightly left of the centre of the lane.
- Driving beside trucks: When you must drive beside a truck, do not assume its driver is aware of you. Take extra precautions when overtaking, and always try to anticipate changes in traffic flow.
- Driving in front of trucks: Be sure to provide clear indications of your intentions, and avoid making sudden changes in speed. Try to anticipate changes in traffic flow before the changes affect you.