Caravans and Road-Trains share the outback
Travelling in the outback of Australia is an iconic Australian dream. The sights of the red desert and other attractions such as Uluru are synonymous with the Australian outback and evoke passion in travellers to marvel and experience the wild Australian bush.
The Road transport industry doesn’t stop, 365 days a year the dedicated men and women of this industry keep going to ensure that everyone has everything they need. The outback is no different but carries with it some other surprises that you don’t normally see in our cities. Triple Road Trains, these leviathan’s travel the desert roads carrying freight to all of the outback communities and cities, and whilst they are a marvel to see, they also carry some special considerations for the uninitiated traveler.
One thing is for sure, we all have the same goal and that is to arrive at our destination safely.
So, what can you do to ensure you make your trip safe around them? The most important thing you need to do is GIVE US ROOM. These Road Trains can be up to 53.5 metres 10 car lengths, and can weigh up to 135.5 tonnes.
In this video Rod Hannifey, a long time experienced truck driver and road safety advocate along with entertainer Amelia Ryan from South Australia explain the idiosyncrasies of operating your vehicle safely around these vehicles.
Filmed with the support of Anangu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and aerials with permission from the RAAF Woomera.
We sincerely thank ABC transport for supplying us with their triple road train and their highly skilled and professional driver Kelvin Arhns for the production in an effort to try and help all be safe on our outback roads. Plus Kevan & Rachael Renton for the van and 4X4.
Executive Producer: Stephen McCarthy.
Location Producer/Screen Writer: Jessica Ferrari
Produced by Whiteline Television Canberra with support from the NHVR heavy vehicle safety initiative.