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 […]

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.

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 # 2

DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE The sign on the rear of vehicles over 7.5 metres in length, allows them to legally turn from the second or even the third lane as needed to get around a corner safely.[3] If you are next to a truck during a turn, you could be in their blind spot […]

Truckies Tip # 3 & 4

BEING OVERTAKEN BY A TRUCK & SPEED LIMITED These two tips have been combined as they relate to each other so closely. The speed that a heavy vehicle can travel is closely governed and by law it is not possible for the driver to increase their speed beyond 100kph. So assuming a truck has caught […]

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 […]

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 # 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 # 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 […]