Road Safety

CAA reminds motorists to keep tow truck operators safe through slow down move over day

Roadside assistance person helping change wheel
May 14, 2019

OTTAWA – CAA is urging motorists to make space for tow trucks providing service on the side of the road on Canada’s first national Slow Down Move Over Day.

The day promotes a safe working environment for tow truck operators across the country. CAA has long advocated for the protection of roadside assistance workers through Slow Down, Move Over legislation. CAA Clubs across Canada have designated May 14 as Slow Down Move Over day to bring attention to this important issue.

“Lack of driver awareness is one of the largest threats to tow-truck operator safety on this day and all others,” said Jeff Walker, CAA chief strategy officer. “Everyone should slow down and move over when they see a tow truck operator on the side of the road, whether there is a law in place in their jurisdiction or not.

CAA Clubs across Canada will be launching public education campaigns and events today to draw attention to the safety risks tow truck operators face. There are approximately 24 million motorists and 15,000 tow truck operators on the road annually in Canada. This leads to thousands of near misses experienced by emergency roadside operators annually and, across North America, nearly 100 tow truck drivers are killed every year after being struck by oncoming traffic while helping stranded motorists with flat tires, breakdowns and collisions.

Every tow truck driver knows the number of close calls they’ve experienced while pulled over on busy roadways. “I figured that was going to be the end, that I was going to be done,” said one CAA tow- truck operator after a near miss during a roadside assistance call.

Most provinces and territories have Slow Down Move Over legislation that mandates motorists change lanes and reduce speed to ensure the safety of emergency workers on the roadside, but it is often not observed.

Learn more about the Slow Down Move Over Day here.

About CAA

CAA is a federation of eight Clubs providing over six million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further comment, to book an interview or to talk to a CAA driver whose has experienced a close call, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Senior manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
[email protected]