Ottawa, Ontario – A new national poll has found that many Canadian drivers believe that training programs for passenger vehicles do not provide adequate information about sharing the road with large trucks.

The survey, conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), found that 62.4 per cent of respondents did not believe training is adequate. Another 20.2 per cent said they did not know if training was adequate.

“Perhaps not surprisingly, a majority of the respondents supported requirements to test drivers of passenger cars to see if they know how to safely share the road with large trucks before obtaining a driver’s licence,” said Ward Vanlaar, vice-president of research at TIRF.

When asked about safe driving practices, 64.2 per cent believed they knew the minimum distance a driver should leave between a vehicle and a large truck, and 77.2 per cent said they knew where the truck driver’s blind spots are.

“What was unexpected was that a reasonably large number of Canadians admit they actually do not know about these safe driving practices,” Vanlaar said, referring to the 35.8 and 22.8 per cent, respectively, who did not. “In light of these findings, perhaps it should not be surprising that so many Canadians believe driver training for sharing the road with large trucks is inadequate.”

When asked about concerns regarding large trucks, 69.7 per cent noted driver fatigue and long hours of service; 67.1 per cent were concerned about trucks not meeting safety standards; and 63.8 per cent said speeding was a concern.

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