Tag Archives: road safety

Bad behaviour behind the wheel

Avoiding road rage and hyper-aggressive driving

Once fall hits, the summer vibes end abruptly with the grind of back-to-school routines, longer commutes and endless traffic. We need to get where we’re going fast and the person ahead is going way… too… slow. When tempers flare behind the wheel our reactions can range from honking horns, muttering expletives, to full-blown road rage.

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Plan a safe family road trip this long weekend

25 tips for heading out on the highway

The road trip is a time-honoured family tradition. Whether you’re going 400 or 4,000 kilometres, to the cabin or from coast to coast, it pays to get prepped for a flawless family road trip.

Enjoy this last long weekend of the summer with 25 tips to keep your trek safe. Continue reading

10 tips for using an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)

How to keep it safe when riding an ATV for work or weekend fun

Blazing the trails on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can easily give you that outdoor thrill you desire. Make no mistake—ATVs are big and powerful, with some serious muscle reaching speeds of 105 km/hour and weighing up to 800 pounds. Continue reading

Deadly distractions

Momentary lapses of attention while driving can be fatal

Texting a message, reaching for a cup of coffee or changing the radio station.

All innocent enough­­––unless you’re doing them while driving.

These actions can become deadly distractions on the road. Continue reading

It’s winter: time to talk tires

Winter, all-weather and all-season tires perform in different ways

The first time you drive on freshly fallen, calf-high snow with winter tires is pretty satisfying. While the car next to you is slip-sliding, your tires grasp the road with a vice-like grip.

It’s like your treads have teeth and they’re chomp, chomp, chomping through snow and slush to gain traction. Suddenly, you are much more connected to the road and a whole lot safer.

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Avoiding the nightmare of roadside wildlife

It’s almost fall. And just as sure as the leaves change colour and the days get shorter, you can expect to see more wildlife on the road.

For big game, the fall is rutting season, a time when they’re intent on mating and nearly oblivious to traffic. Deer and moose can be downright unpredictable, making driving hazardous. Continue reading

Convenience and safety: why flights to the oil patch are taking off

James Wakulchyk has been a pilot since he went through the Air Cadets aviation scholarship program at the age of 17. “That was 1991 – you do the math,” he jokes. “I’d known I wanted to be a pilot since I was about six, and I have always loved it.”

These days, James flies with North Cariboo Air (NCA), a private air charter company, and he spends much of his time flying personnel in and out of Alberta’s oil patch.

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Safety quiz: how many of these driver hand signals do you know?

On most worksites in our industry, huge trucks and heavy equipment are a constant presence. We rely on the drivers to use their driving skill and good judgement to keep everyone safe – but what about when the drivers are relying on others for guidance? Continue reading

A year in review – oil and gas safety initiatives of 2015

Even in an economic downturn, our industry’s commitment to safety training and best practices never faltered. During the year, we offered more than 90 courses, with over 202,000 enrollments – numbers that are a testament to the safety culture of the oil and gas industry. Continue reading