Safe Trucks

Truck driving past speed sign

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.

VicRoads Heavy Vehicle Road Safety