Learn how to safely navigate the hazards of driving recreational or personal vehicles on forest roads
In March 2017, an Ontario snowmobiler died after colliding with a logging truck on a bush road. The Ontario Provincial Police reported that the deceased was travelling northbound along the road with a group of sledders when they encountered a southbound logging truck at a curve.
The first snowmobiler navigated the curve safely, but the second one crossed in front of the truck; the truck driver tried to avoid the collision, but the sled collided with the trailer, and the snowmobiler was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
During the 2016-17 season, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Annual Report states 26 drivers and two passengers were killed in snowmobile collisions, and almost 300 people - drivers, passengers, and pedestrians - were injured.
This instructor-led webinar recording 'Safe Driving on Forest Roads Recreation' covers tips for all aspects of driving safely on forestry roads – including the right personal protective equipment, a circle check to make sure your ride is ready to roll, safe driving practices, and how to load and unload a snowmobile from your truck or trailer.
Industrial logging roads in northern Ontario are built, used, and maintained, to a high degree by forestry firms, but because almost all of the roads are on Crown land, the companies have made significant efforts to identify designated snowmobile crossings, active logging areas, and their related dangers to workers and the public; other industrial road users include mining companies, rail and telecommunications companies.
- Characteristics and types of forest roads
- Types of vehicles travelling on forest roads and legislation
- Safe, defensive, and seasonal driving practices
- Safe driving techniques for snowmobiles