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November 2021
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  • Winter drivers need to master the skill of reading the road.   B.C. drivers need to anticipate and safely respond to rain, ice, cold temperatures, and snow. Knowing how to read the road during changing conditions is a critical skill for truck drivers (and the rest of us too).Employers can steer them to our commercial trucking resources to brush up their skills. We also recommend a tailgate meeting. Use our Winter Driving Safety tailgate guide to have a 2-way conversation with drivers about reducing their risk.   Download guide
  • Is texting the new impaired driving?  Unfortunately, it appears so — at least when it comes to the risks they create for road users. Research suggests both impair driver capabilities and judgment. Our Trending Now post has the details. It also suggests a policy employers can use to reduce distracted driving risks for their drivers. Learn more
  • How to... assess drivers. If you have employees who drive for work, use our new and improved SkillCheck tool. It can make it easier for employers and supervisors to fulfill their legal responsibilities to confirm driver qualifications. SkillCheck comprises a guide, form, and videos to help you easily and systematically assess driving skills. Get tool

October 2021
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  • Are you using the right tires for winter?  The arrival of fall means it’s time for winter tires. If yours have been in storage since last winter, be sure to check their condition before installing them. Also make sure all vehicles used for work have tires best suited to the routes and conditions they’ll travel. This advice applies regardless of who owns the vehicle. Use our guide to running the right tires at this time of year to help increase safety and reliability.   Review guide
  • Emergency kits prepares you for the unexpected.  Emergency kits prepares you for the unexpected. When it comes to an emergency roadside kit for your vehicle, don’t leave work or home without it. It ensures you’re prepared for bad weather or vehicle breakdowns. For a list of what to put in your kit, check out our tips on preparing your vehicle for fall and winter. Download tips
  • How to ...reduce driver fatigue.  Fatigue affects all drivers. It puts them at risk no matter how much or how little they drive. As part of your safety program, check out our new Driver Fatigue Tool Kit. It’s full of practical information, tips, and downloadable tools. It may even help you sleep better at night. Review tool kit

September 2021
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  • Shift into Winter for Mother Nature's ultimate road test. The change in seasons means it’s time to prepare and plan ahead for winter driving. Our Shift into Winter campaign for employers starts this month. And winter tire and chain laws take effect October 1 on designated B.C. highways. The chances of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash dramatically increase during winter. You can help keep people safe by using our free handouts and other tools for employers, supervisors, and drivers.   Get tools
  • What makes driving 5x riskier?  Did you know drivers are 5 times more likely to crash if they’re on a hand-held phone? September is Distracted Driving Month in B.C. It’s also an ideal time to review your distracted driving policies. To make it easy, use our sample policies and customize them to your needs. Download policies
  • How to ...avoid aggressive drivers.  Aggressive driving by your staff or other road users puts everyone at risk. Speeding, tailgating, improper passing, rolling through stop signs – they’re all dangerous habits. At your next tailgate meeting, use our guide to give drivers practical tips and reminders to reduce and avoid aggressive driving. Get the guide

August 2021
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  • Driving for work any time is dangerous. Does your safety training give as much attention to driving for work as it does to other job-related tasks? It should. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in B.C. Crashes happen and people get injured regardless of conditions, frequency of driving, or the length of trips. Use our Safe Work Procedures Tool Kit to help keep drivers safe. It includes downloadable examples you can customize to your business needs.  Open Tool Kit
  • Brake Safety Week August 22-28 is a great reminder to check the brakes on all vehicles driven for work — even personal ones. Make it part of a full inspection. Our customizable vehicle inspection forms have tips on what to look for. They also help you track maintenance and repairs  Download Forms
  • How to ... manage blind spots.  It’s time to talk about blind spots when driving. Every day they contribute to driving surprises, near misses, and crashes. Where are the blind spots for your vehicles? How can they be made smaller? Employers and workers can get the conversation started by using our tailgate meeting guide. Get the guide

July 2021
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  • Drivers who are tired can cause or contribute to vehicle crashes. The good news is that fatigue can be prevented. Our new Re-thinking Fatigue Risk and Driving webinar shows you the factors that contribute to drowsiness when employees drive or do other tasks.  Sign up now
  • Here’s a simple map you can follow to build your road safety program: Plan. Do. Check. These 3 steps have been used by companies of all sizes to achieve and sustain success. Even with limited resources you can create a program that delivers a substantial return on investment.  Get started
  • How to ... back up safely.  When did you last review safe procedures for driving a vehicle in reverse? It’s an important topic since reversing incidents are common and can be fatal. Hold a tailgate meeting with drivers. Use our meeting guide for information, tips, and activities you can share with your team. Get the guide

June 2021
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  • When employees drive, employers are responsible. Try our quiz on employer and supervisor responsibilities to test your understanding of the requirements.  Take the quiz
  • Road safety culture pays. Driving for work is dangerous. That’s why creating a road safety culture benefits employers and employees who drive. The return on investment can include injury prevention and lower insurance premiums. A safety culture also helps you attract and retain staff.   Review the ROI
  • How to ... drive safely in a Cone Zone.  A sure sign of summer’s arrival? More roadside workers. We can all do our part to keep them safe by paying close attention when we’re driving in a roadside work zone. Make sure you don’t speed. Avoid distractions such as your phone. And know the Slow Down Move Over law.  Learn the law

May 2021
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  • Join the 2021 Cone Zone campaign by doing you part to keep roadside workers safe. Download tools
  • Speeding remains the main contributing factor to vehicle crash fatalities. So if you’re running late when driving, accept the delay rather than speeding up. Adopting a “Better late than never” mantra could save your life. For more tips, check out ICBC’s #NoNeedforSpeed campaign and our aggressive driving tailgate meeting guide.  Download guide
  • Spring brings another road hazard to watch for: deer. B.C. averages 11,000 reports of vehicle crashes involving animals each year, injuring 840 people. Since May is a peak period for deer, it’s a good time to view our Preventing Collisions With Wildlife on-demand webinar and hold a tailgate meeting with drivers.  Open tailgate guide

April 2021
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  • Vehicles in poor condition or with operating issues can contribute to motor vehicle crashes. Learn more
  • Employer-led investigations of motor vehicle incidents provide valuable information. They help you identify and fix gaps in your operation’s safety system. Learn more
  • How well do you know your responsibilities for supervising employees who drive for work?  Take our short Supervisor Responsibilities Quiz to find out. (Hint: the information you need is outlined in the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.) Take the quiz

March 2021
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  • Employers should clearly communicate their expectation that employees stay focused on driving and leave electronic devices alone as required by law. Use our Tailgate Meeting guide to help with those discussions and share ICBC tips on how to help employees leave their phones alone. More resources
  • Properly wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk and severity of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities by over 40 percent. Ensure your employee drivers buckle up – and properly – before heading out. Learn how
  • ICBC reports that an average of 110,000 crashes, 68,000 injures and 69 fatalities occur at BC intersections every year. Although drivers travel through many intersections every time they drive, they might not realize how dangerous those intersections can be. Reviewing safe driving protocols and ICBC crash maps are just two of the steps you can take to help reduce those risks. Read more

February 2021
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  • Winter isn’t over yet. There’s still the need to reduce the risk of being in a motor vehicle crash this winter by learning how to properly prepare and adjust your driving for winter conditions. Until March 31, 2021, for only $65, the Justice Institute of BC is offering an online Winter Driving Fundamentals course. Click to email JIBC to find out more
  • If you’re an employer or supervisor of roadside workers, there’s a new resource for you. Ensure your workers’ safety while on the job with the Roadside Work Preparation – Hazard Assessment tool. Learn more
  • Employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment. This includes making sure drivers are qualified for the driving they are expected to do. It’s important to regularly check drivers’ abstracts through ICBC, and to assess the competencies and skills of both new and veteran drivers. Use our Driver Qualifications tool kit for more resources. Review resources

January 2021
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  • Plan now for road safety all year. Our no-cost Road Safety Planner gives you the tools to address key road safety topics in straightforward, practical ways.  Subscribe
  • Pandemic forces changes to driver training.  Read more
  • Adjust your mirrors to improve safety. Properly adjusted mirrors give drivers the fullest possible view with the least amount of additional effort.  Learn how


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