Trucking body urges drives to slow down and take breaks.
It’s that time again, when tens of thousands of Australians hit the roads, sadly though some won’t return.
Chief Executive of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Christopher Melham, has today urged all road users to slow down and take plenty of breaks if travelling over the festive holidays.
“With long traffic queues and festive events to get to, many people feel pressured to drive faster or for longer periods in order to get to their destination sooner. But it’s much better to arrive safely than to speed towards an accident,”
“Fatigue management is also essential, with big meals and long days making it easy to feel sleepy.
“Stick to the speed limit and avoid driving when tired. Share the trip with another qualified driver, and pull over for breaks when you need them.”
Mr Melham is also asking trucking operators and drivers to be mindful of holiday road users, and schedule in extra time to account for traffic delays.
“Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for many trucking businesses, and it’s also one of the busiest times on the road. Make sure your driver schedules have plenty of time to account for heavy traffic conditions,”
“We remind professional drivers to be patient and share the road safely – with many people driving unfamiliar roads or towing a boat or caravan for the first time all year, it’s particularly important to watch out for other motorists and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front.”