Quarantine Cargo Nets Asks: Who Drives The Most in Canada?

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Who Drives The Most in CanadaGiven the vast size of our country, many people spend lots of time on the road in Canada. And our trips aren’t just to and from the store. Great distances are travelled hauling job site equipment and other cargo throughout Alberta and to other provinces in the back of and behind medium-sized trucks. There are plenty of interesting stats about who drives the most in Canada, and we at Quarantine Restraints urge all operators to drive safely, follow local regulations and properly secure their loads with cargo nets. 

Average Number of Vehicles in Canadian Households

According to a Vehicle Survey Summary Report published by Natural Resources Canada, Canadians averaged 1.47 vehicles per household in 2009, higher than the national average of 1.43 in the year 2000. While vehicle ownership rates were stable in Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia, they increased in other provinces and the territories.

Cargo Nets to Safely Secure Your Load

Medium trucks are typically used locally, for short distances and in metropolitan areas, while heavier trucks are used over vast distances between cities. There are more trucks on Canadian roadways than ever before, and many are hauling cargo. In fact, the average distance travelled by medium-sized trucks on Canadian roads was 18,938 kilometres in 2009. This means proper cargo securement is essential for the safety of everyone.

Average Distance Travelled by Medium Trucks in Metropolitan Areas

When measured by population and size, the largest metropolitan areas in Canada are in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. In these higher concentrations of commerce, medium-duty trucks are used more intensively; and not surprisingly, these four provinces are above the national average in distance travelled by medium-sized trucks.

The following lists average yearly distances travelled by medium trucks by province:

  • Quebec — 21, 254 km
  • Ontario — 19,029 km
  • Alberta — 19,916 km
  • British Columbia — 19, 641 km

Need an idea of how far these distances are? 20,000 kilometres is like driving from Charlottetown, PEI to Calgary four times!

Average Distance Travelled by Canadian Passenger Vehicles

Cargo nets are also used to secure cargo inside passenger vehicles. According to the NRC report, the Canadian national average distance travelled by light trucks and passenger vehicles in 2009 was 15,366 kilometres.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the data shows an interesting change in distances travelled by these vehicles occurred between 2000 and 2009. In 2000, the province had the highest average distance travelled at 19,965 km; however by 2009 that distance decreased to 15,056 km, far below the national average.

  • The survey suggests the following factors may have contributed to the change:
  • The types of households and demographics of the region
  • Alternative forms of transportation
  • Stable rates of vehicle ownership
  • The price of lubricants and fuel
  • Climate

While the national average growth rate in light trucks and passenger vehicles from 2000 to 2009 of was 18.7 per cent, the report points out some interesting statistics for Nova Scotia. While having the smallest growth rate in light vehicles (7.2 per cent) it was the only province that increased its average annual distance travelled by the same vehicles. The data also indicate that Nova Scotians typically rely on their primary vehicle, while those in other provinces typically distribute their travelling distance between a primary and secondary vehicle.

Average Distance Travelled by Heavy-Duty Trucks

Data from the report shows that heavy-duty trucks were typically driven further distances by far at an average distance of over 67,500 kilometres farther than other types of vehicles. While heavier trucks covered much less distance in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, here are some examples of average annual distances travelled by heavy trucks in other parts of Canada:

  • Quebec — more than 90,000 km
  • Manitoba — more than 80, 000 km
  • Ontario — more than 70,000 km

To get an idea of how far these distances are, the Earth’s circumference at the equator is roughly 40,008 km. 

Quarantine Restraints Cargo Nets: Safely Securing Loads in All Types of Vehicles

With a Certified Complete Assembly Break Test result of 5,904 lbs. and a Working Load Limit (WLL) of 492 lbs., Quarantine Restraints’ cargo nets safely secure loads over thousands of kilometres on the road. Our high-quality exterior restraints secure cargo on trailers and in the backs of medium trucks, and our interior restraints keeps your cargo and your passengers safe inside your vehicle. Both were developed to work in all conditions and are the toughest and most adaptable available. Use our dealer locator to find an official Quarantine Restraints retailer near you today.

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