How to Safely Share the Roads with Trucks

How to Safely Share the Roads with Trucks

The peak trucking industry body, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), has spoken to its members and determined the four things that every motorist should do, and avoid doing, around trucks.

It appears that Australian motorists should be especially cautious around larger articulated trucks (i.e. semi-trailers). Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) data shows that larger trucks are still the most likely heavy vehicles to be involved in a fatal crash.

In an effort to help keep all Australian road users safe, the ATA has provided us with these tips on how best to share the road with trucks;

  1. Stick to the speed limit and when traveling long distances take regular rest breaks.
  2. Don’t cut in front of trucks. Truck drivers leave a large gap between their vehicle and the car in front because a heavy vehicle needs almost twice as much room to brake as a car.
  3. Stay out of truck blind spots – if you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you.
  4. Leave room for heavy vehicles to get in and out of roadside rest areas. Heavy vehicle drivers are legally obligated to take rest breaks at certain times, but may not be able to take them if other road users are parked too close to the entrance or exit of a rest area.

Truck drivers, is there anything else you would like car drivers to do? Car drivers, what could truck drivers do to make life easier for you on the roads? We’d love to know. You can leave your comments below, send us an email via [email protected] or use the Contact page

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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