Travelers and Road-Trains share the outback (Facilities)

Whilst travelling in the outback of our great country, it is very important that we not only share the roads but also our facilities such as parking bays and roadhouses. These remote facilities take on a whole new meaning in the outback with some special considerations surrounding these huge trucks.

Share the road tips for caravaners back travelling

These are the latest video tips and advice that every caravan or RV driver should watch before hitting the road this winter. Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the videos, funded under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, again highlighted the importance of safe interaction between heavy vehicles and caravan […]

Caravans and Road-Trains share the outback

Travelling in the outback of Australia is an iconic Australian dream. The sights of the red desert and other attractions such as Uluru are synonymous with the Australian outback and evoke passion in travellers to marvel and experience the wild Australian bush. The Road transport industry doesn’t stop, 365 days a year the dedicated men […]

Sharing Rest Areas

Truckies and caravaners share rest areas Rod Hannifey explains the need to share road side parking bays and their facilities among caravaners, campers and heavy vehicles. It should be obvious ‘Truck Only’ parking bays need to be for trucks only. Parking bays which do not have designated signage need to be shared. With planning and […]

Truckies Tip # 10

DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE (ROUNDABOUTS) Based on some of the comments from the surveys it would appear there are two problems. The first is the perception of some including many young drivers that the truck races them to the roundabout. What the truck driver is trying to do is join the traffic flow and […]

Truckies Tip # 9

OVERTAKING TRUCKS Too many drivers take significant risks to save a few minutes on a long trip. People become frustrated at slow trucks on hills and often the speed limit gap between the normal speed limit of 110 and heavy vehicles at 100. The difference usually means cars may pass quite a few trucks, but […]

Truckies Tip # 8

CARAVANS & MOTORHOMES One of the most challenging situations on the roads is with a truck catching up behind a van and the van driver. The van driver believes they are doing the right thing, unnecessarily slows down and moves to the left. By slowing before the truck has pulled out to overtake the van […]

Truckies Tip # 7

DRIVING AT NIGHT High beam glare contributes to fatigue during night driving. When you see the lights of an oncoming vehicle dip or you are flashed before reaching a crest or curve, dip your lights. By waiting until you see the vehicle before you dip your lights, you are momentarily blinding the oncoming driver. With […]

Truckies Tip # 6

ROAD POSITIONING A truck uses all of its lane space, do not travel right on the centre line, use the road width available, to give you space between opposing traffic. If stopped or broken down, where possible park well clear of the roadway. 10 centimetres past the fog line (the unbroken line on the left) […]

Truckies Tip # 5

ROAD COURTESY This tip is a simple concept, but along with driver education, awareness of sharing the roads and increasing your safety, these things are often not given enough consideration. Many people are in a hurry for whatever reason, be it essential or otherwise and the speed of life has changed, as have the vehicles […]