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Insurer issues Easter holiday-makers challenge to cut accidents by 10%


Date: 30 March 2012

Australia's leading truck insurer, National Transport Insurance (NTI), has issued a safety challenge to all holiday-makers taking to the roads this Easter period.  

In the 2011 Easter period, NTI recorded over 50 accidents involving trucks, each costing more than $10,000.

As a result, the insurer has challenged road users and the trucking industry to reduce this by 10% during Easter 2012.

NTI Chief Executive Officer Tony Clark said another study by NTI found that 8 out of 10 major accidents involving trucks were caused by the other vehicle.

He urged holiday-makers, who might normally spend a lot of time on city roads, to be alert if they planned to take to the national highways over Easter.

"It’s well-known that many holiday-makers load up the car on Easter Thursday, after a full day of work, and drive for long periods on roads they aren't necessarily familiar with. All of this is a recipe for disaster.

"Fatigue, inappropriate overtaking, lack of visibility through loading, and underestimating the road conditions are a dangerous mix over holiday periods, so please take extra care this Easter if you’re on the roads,” he said.

Mr Clark urged the trucking industry to also step up over this busy time, when traffic on national highways increases. “With greater congestion on our major highways over Easter, 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 Easter holidays,” he said.

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

  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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