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Aire de vérification des freins : Caravaniers, vous sentez-vous concernés?

Brake check area: RVers, do you feel concerned?

If you have ever traveled on the roads of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Charlevoix, Chaudière-Appalaches, Côte-Nord or Outaouais, you probably noticed signs indicating brake check areas.

Did you know that this sign always indicates there there is a particularly steep slope coming up?

The brake check area allows drivers to check that their brakes are working properly, but also allows them to cool down their brakes. Excessive use of the brakes reduces their effectiveness, which could lead to loss of control and even an accident.

But the real question everyone is asking is who is required to stop in these brake check areas?

Most people would probably think that this stop is mainly for heavy vehicles such as big trucks when in fact it concerns any vehicle or combination of vehicles whose total mass is 3 tons and more.

So believe it or not, this means it could be your motorhome or your truck towing your trailer.

People who do not comply with the regulations are liable to hefty fines of $350. What is more unfortunate is that they expose themselves to danger by not taking the time to check their brakes before entering on a steep slope.

Here are some additional signs and their meanings:

Indicates the approach of a particularly steep slope with an escape route

Indicates the presence of an emergency escape route or runaway truck ramp with an arrester bed to safely immobilize a vehicle whose braking system has become ineffective.

Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source :  Contrôle routier Québec