Truckies talk on sharing the road

13th April 2017 2:07 PM

IT'S EASTER time and motorists everywhere are swamped with messages of safety, before they hit the road for the long weekend. 

Big Rigs wanted to help shine a new perspective on this effort, particularly for our hard working transport drivers who will be negotiating with the holiday traffic over the next few days.

As the largest vehicles on the highway, trucks are often given a bad name, because no matter what happens in a collision a car will likely come out second best.  At the end of the day like any of us, truck drivers just want to make it home to their families too. 

We spoke to a few to see how we can all share the road this Easter break.

 

The Australian Trucking Association's top tips include:  

  • Avoid blind spots.
  • Truck drivers use their mirrors to see surrounding traffic.
  • Sitting too close to the left passenger door or too close behind the truck may mean the driver doesn't know you're there.
  • Do not cut in front of trucks.
  • Truck drivers leave a large gap between their vehicle and the car in front.
  • But don't cut in - because of a truck's size and weight, it needs almost twice as much room to brake as a car.
  • Dip your high beams early when coming up behind a truck. A truck's mirrors don't have an anti-glare position.