How to Share the Road with Semi Trucks


Who doesn’t get a little edgy driving near a semi on the highway? More than 250,000 accidents between passenger cars and 18-wheelers happen each year – with auto drivers contributing to over 70% of the crashes. Many of these collisions could be avoided – and fears reduced – if car drivers knew how to share the road with trucks safely.

Rules of the road

  • Driving near and passing an 18-wheeler is different than sharing the road with a standard-sized vehicle. Since the truck is bigger:
  • Their blind spot is bigger
  • They need more space to maneuver
  • They require more time and distance to stop
  • It takes more time to pass them
  • Passing a truck

When passing a truck, maintain a safe and steady speed, keeping the cab of the truck in your rear-view mirror before pulling in front of it. Pass on the left to maximize visibility and ensure there’s enough space between your car and the truck when you merge back over.

Getting passed by a Truck

If a truck attempts to pass you, reduce your speed slightly to make it easier for the truck to get around your vehicle.

When a truck is backing up

Never pass behind a truck preparing to back up or is backing up. Otherwise, you may enter a blind spot for you and the trucker.

When a truck is making a wide turn

When turning right, some trucks must first swing left to negotiate the turn. As a result, they can’t see cars directly behind or beside them, so cutting to the right of the turning truck can cause an accident.

When you’re driving near a truck

When driving near a truck, don’t use your bright headlights. The truck’s large side mirrors reflect brights into the driver’s eyes causing temporary

Top unsafe driving habits

The Department of Transportation ranked the most unsafe driving acts for car drivers to engage in when trucks are nearby:

  1. Distracted driving (texting, fatigue, etc.)
  2. Improper merging into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly
  3. Failure to stop at a light or stop sign
  4. Failure to slow down in a construction zone
  5. Driving at unsafe speeds (misjudging truck’s speed or approaching too fast from the rear)
  6. Following a truck too closely
  7. Failure to slow down in inclement weather
  8. Changing lanes too abruptly in front of a truck
  9. Driving in a truck’s “no zones” – left rear quarter, right front quarter and directly behind
  10. Unsafe turning, primarily turning with insufficient headway

When you share the road with a big rig, knowing dangers and how to address them can ease your fears and reduce your odds of an accident.

Possible Post Office strike


If the Post Office strikes  on July 2nd, please DO NOT MAIL CHKS. Contact AR@CRITICALPATH.CA for details regarding payment options – we would like to ensure that there are no service interruptions during this time. Thank you so much for your assistance! 

CIFFA’s newest member – Critical Path!

As of April 4th 2016 Critical Path is now a Regular Member of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association ( CIFFA ). We are proud to be a part of this fine organization and look forward to learning and sharing knowledge with the entire membership, coast to coast.

CIFFA’s  mission is to represent and support members of the Canadian international freight forwarding industry in providing the highest level of quality and professional services to their clients.


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Continued Growth Brings Complete Solution

Please take a minute to read an article about Critical Path in the March 2016 edition of the Business in Focus magazine.


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Giving Back, 2015 Critical Path Donations

Critical Path is proud to donate this year to the following Canadian Charities on behalf of our staff and clients. Merry Christmas!!

  • Meagan’s Walk
  • Starlight Foundation
  • Melanoma Network of Canada
  • Evergreen
  • Angel Emergency
  • Meal Exchange
  • Camp Trillium

As well as the Bike messenger Christmas Fund/Food drive

Meagan’s Walk – Over the years, Meagan’s Walk and its supporters have raised funds for research at the Brain Tumor Research Centre (BTRC) in Toronto, now regarded as the top pediatric brain tumour research Centre in the world.

Starlight Foundation – For over 23 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been transforming the lives of Canadian children who live with serious illness and their families. What makes us unique is that we are there for the entire journey—from the emergency room to recovery

Melanoma Network  of Canada – The network was founded to respond to the need for patients in Canada to have a nationally-based organization to coordinate educational and prevention efforts, provide a strong voice for advocacy, and assist in efforts to target funding for melanoma research.

Evergreen – Helping to create greener, more sustainable cities, we focus on four key areas: Greenspace, Children, Food and City Works

Angel Alert – Angel Emergency Alert Non-Profit Organization provides children, elderly and vulnerable individuals in low-income situations, who cannot afford a personal emergency device and corresponding monthly monitoring service, by covering all or partial expenses on their behalf.

Meal Exchange Canada – Meal Exchange empowers students to take an active role in creating a just and sustainable food system.

A national registered charity founded in 1993, we work with over a third of the universities in Canada, and our programs have been run in over 100 communities across the country. For over 20 years, Meal Exchange has been supporting students to develop innovative solutions to address hunger, food insecurity and sustainability on their campuses and with communities.

Camp Trillium  – (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. We work to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

Last year, we donated to Corus Feeds the Kids, Furniture Bank, Breast Cancer Association and the Bike Messenger Fund along with ongoing support in the way of deliveries and Logistics Support and Warehousing for other non-profit organizations throughout the year.

We continually support First Book Canada through events and deliveries. First Book Canada provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book Canada has distributed more than 4.5 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout Canada. First Book Canada is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis

Critical Path is growing!

Here we grow again!
We have doubled our Warehouse space with the acquisition of a 28,000 square foot building that it is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Toronto Airport.
Pick n’ Pack, Breakbulk, Long term/Short term storage, Distribution, whatever you need we will provide excellent service.
Please contact for more details.

Newest Additon to the Critical Path Fleet – Validated 5 Ton Reefer

Critical Path is pleased to announce the newest addition to our growing fleet. Our 5 ton Validated Reefer Truck is ready to serve the needs of all those requiring either  2-8C or 15-25C transportation. It is available for GTA and beyond for your transportation requirements right now, please call (905) 212-8333 or email to set up your next Guide 0069 compliant move!


2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto July 10-26 and the Parapan Am Games Aug 7-15

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We are taking all the necessary steps to insure our service will be impacted as little as possible however it will be impossible for all transportation providers not to be impacted based on the closures and the sheer volume of spectators etc coming into our city but we at CP will always take every possible precaution to proactively reduce service impacts to our clients!

These measures include:

  • Daily emailed updates directly from the Ministry of Transportation detailing road closures etc
  • No vacations during this time for our Driver Pool
  • Increasing our Car Driver Pool along with additional Bike Couriers during the games
  • Extending our office hours to accommodate pre and post rush hour shipments
  • Extensive driver education focusing on venue location, parking restrictions and road closures

During the Games, some routes will be busier than normal, especially during rush hour. Temporary traffic measures such as parking restrictions or turning bans will reduce congestion near venues and ensure Games participants can travel safely to and from events. In addition to traffic measures near events, some measures will be used throughout the Games period to keep traffic moving.

Those measures include:

  • new temporary HOV lanes for
    • Games vehicles
    • vehicles with 3+ occupants (June 29 – July 27)
    • vehicles with 2+ occupants (July 28 – August 18)
    • emergency vehicles
    • electric vehicles with green license plates
    • public transit
    • taxis

You can avoid unplanned delays and help keep the region moving during the Games. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. know what traffic measures will be in place in your area and how they may impact you
  2. plan your trips well ahead of time
  3. carpool and take advantage of new temporary HOV lanes
  4. take transit to avoid traffic
  5. get active by cycling, jogging or walking instead of driving
  6. if you need to drive, plan alternate routes to avoid busy areas along the Games Route Network and near events
  7. avoid traveling during rush hour whenever possible