The number of heavy vehicles on Victoria's roads is growing rapidly and these vehicles pose a greater risk to other road users because they:
- Are heavier than cars or bikes which creates greater impact force if they crash.
- They take longer to stop.
Tips for heavy vehicle drivers:
- Think about your own safety as well as being mindful of others. In recent years, more than 50% of truck drivers killed on the road weren't wearing a seatbelt.
- Think about your rest stops - about a third of crashes involved fatigue.
- Take up new vehicle technologies whenever possible - from technologies that detect objects on the road to advanced braking, lane departure warning and seatbelt reminder systems.
Tips for cars and other road users:
- Remember, if you can't see the truck driver's face in their rear vision mirror, they can't see you.
- Respect truck lanes and use them only if you're driving a truck.
- Give plenty of space to heavy vehicles when turning, if they are signed with 'Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle'. They need more than one lane to turn.
- Remember heavy vehicles take longer to stop, especially on steep roads - make sure they have enough space to do so.
Sharing the roads:
- While we all share the roads, cars and trucks are given priority on key routes.
- Public transport, pedestrians and cyclists having priority on local roads.
This way, the interaction between trucks and the most vulnerable groups is reduced as much as possible.