Safe Trucks

Truck driving past speed sign

The number of heavy vehicles on Victoria's roads is growing rapidly. They are heavier than cars or bikes, meaning they also take longer to stop and are a greater risk to other drivers and vulnerable road users.

When sharing the road with a heavy vehicle, take care and remember that if you can't see the truck driver's face in their rear view mirrors, they can't see you.

 

Driving Safely

Unless you're driving a truck, you are not allowed to drive in a truck lane. Also, heavy vehicles with signs that say 'Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle' will require more than one lane when turning, so other road users need to give them plenty of space.

If you are driving a truck, please be mindful of others on the roads but always think about your own safety as well. In recent years, more than 50% of truck drivers killed on the road weren't wearing a seatbelt and about a third of crashes involved fatigue.

New technologies are always becoming available and should be taken up wherever possible - from technologies that detect objects on the road to advanced braking, lane departure warning and seatbelt reminder systems.

Whilst we all share the roads, cars and trucks are given priority on key routes, with public transport, pedestrians and cyclists having priority on others. This way the interaction between trucks and the most vulnerable groups is reduced as much as possible.