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NTI urges drivers to share the road over Christmas


Date: 11 December 2012

Australia's leading truck insurer, National Transport Insurance (NTI), is urging drivers to stay safe by sharing the road this Christmas period.  

NTI Chief Executive Officer Tony Clark said all road users, especially those planning to travel on the national highways, should be alert to heightened traffic conditions.

"The lead-up to Christmas is a very busy time with drivers often travelling on roads they aren’t necessarily familiar with,” Mr Clark said.

“At the same time, transport operators are working hard to ensure shelves are stocked – this is a peak time for them.

“Fatigue, inappropriate overtaking, and underestimating the road conditions can all be a recipe for disaster.

"All drivers must be mindful of other road users and do their part to ensure everyone reaches their destination safely.”

Mr Clark also urged the trucking industry to step up over this busy time. “With greater congestion on our roads over Christmas, NTI urges our professional drivers to remain acutely aware of conditions and the threat of less experienced road users as they deliver the necessary supplies for the Christmas holidays,” he said.

He recommended motorists keep in mind four tips when sharing the road with trucks this Christmas:

  1. Don’t cut in: Trucks are heavier than cars, so need more space when stopping. For example, at 100km/hr a truck needs an extra 30m to come to a stop compared to a car travelling at the same speed.
  2. Give trucks room to turn: Some trucks need extra room at corners, intersections and roundabouts. Trucks over 7.5m must carry a sign saying “Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle”. This means the truck can legally use two lanes to make their turn, and may need to turn left across your path to turn left.
  3. Be aware of blind spots: Remember – if you can’t see the driver’s mirrors, he/she can’t see you!
  4. Overtake with care: It takes about 25 seconds to overtake a large truck on the open road – a long time if you’re on the wrong side of the road. Make sure you have the time and clear visibility.

 

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