Being safe with trucks

Entering traffic

After a stop we are all keen to get back on the road. 


As a car driver, many of us do not want to be stuck behind a large truck, caravan or motorhome. 

Many cars travel at a higher speed and can maintain speed on the hills. 

Many of us have seen a truck coming and pulled out onto the road and accelerated to get well in front of the truck without affecting the truck in any way. 


When towing a caravan or driving a large RV however, the vehicles acceleration is severely affected.  It will take a lot longer distance for you to get back up to highway cruising speed. 


At 100kph it doesn’t take long for a car or a truck to catch up to you while you are building up speed in an RV or car with a heavy van in tow. 


The rule is waiting till the truck and other traffic has passed until you move onto the road so as not to hinder the flow of traffic. 


If an approaching vehicle has to slow because you have pulled out onto the road it means you pulled out too early and you should have waited. 


No one wants an unhappy driver on our rear, upset because you held up traffic by your impatience and selfishness.  


If we all follow some simple guidelines and think about the other road users we can all enjoy this beautiful country and get home safely to our loved ones to tell them the happy stories of our trip.  


You will feel good being - Truck Friendly.

Turning vehicles & safe stopping

Longer vehicles often may need to move into another lane to enable it to turn a sharp corner. 

If a car moves up beside a turning truck it may be hit by the truck.  


You will see many trucks with the orange and yellow signs or with a sign on the back saying, 

 

‘Do not overtake turning vehicle’.     

Only towing vehicles together with trailers and projecting loads over 7.5meters can legally display this sign. (This can include many caravan combinations) 


The sign is NOT just a recommendation; it is a legal requirement that you do not overtake a vehicle displaying a 

‘Do not overtake turning vehicle’ 

sign when it is indicating its intention to turn. 

Remember, if you collide with a turning truck displaying that sign you may be fined.


SAFE STOPPING DISTANCES 


Trucks are large heavy vehicles and as such take a lot longer to stop than a standard car.  


The truck driver will know the stopping distances for their truck and plan accordingly. When stopping at traffic lights there have been many cars rear-ended by trucks when a car pulls into the clear space in front of the truck approaching the lights.  

The truck driver has calculated the distance they need to stop and suddenly it is considerably shorter once a car fills the space resulting in what can often be a fatality for the car driver when hit by the truck or being pushed into the intersection. 



Stay Truck Friendly and give the trucks some turning space and space to stop.

Fuel stops

As with the truck stops please have some consideration for other road users and not park at fuel bowsers any longer than necessary.  


As soon as you have paid for your fuel please move your vehicle before getting that coffee or using the toilet.

 

A car towing a caravan or large RV will often take up not only the fuel bowser used for the car but also block the fuel bowsers immediately behind therefore often taking up not one but several fuel bowsers at the same time. 

Out of common courtesy it is important to other road users that you do not hinder others. 

Tempers can rise if left sitting in a car awaiting an inconsiderate driver ahead at the fuel bowser. 


Some truck diesel bowsers are separate to the main fuel filling area so as to provide plenty of space for trucks to get in, out and turn.  Several have a turning bay associated with them so the trucks and large rings can fill up and then turn around before exiting or filling a fuel tank on the other side. 


Please do not park any vehicles in these turning areas as this will severely restrict the ability of the trucks to do a U-turn and get back on the road. Most are signposted so please be aware of them and put yourself in the shoes of the truck driver before stopping.

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