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Truckies Tip # 10


Based on some of the comments from the surveys it would appear there are two problems. The first is the perception of some including many young drivers that the truck races them to the roundabout. What the truck driver is trying to do is join the traffic flow and still be moving on entering the roundabout. This situation, of course, isn’t always possible, but when achieved the benefit is to all vehicles. Remember trucks cannot accelerate like cars. Should the heavy vehicle be forced to stop at the last second then,, all traffic is delayed while the truckie selects a low gear and moves off. A loaded B-Double of up to 64.5 tonnes gross proceeds steadily and due to the length sometimes no other traffic can proceed until the truck is gone.

The second problem linked to Tip 2, the “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” signs. Again due to the size of many roundabouts and the length of semis and B-Doubles it is often impossible to travel through, let alone turn, without using more than one lane. If you stay back behind the truck and heed the signs, you won’t end up in a blind spot or get hit by the trailer as it travels through or turns.

These Top Ten tips on sharing the road with heavy vehicles aim to improve your safety as well as our life on the road. The Australian Trucking Association will continue to pursue improvements in road safety for all road users and welcomes comments or inquires if this Top Ten can help in other road safety projects. If you allow for the size and weight of large trucks and remember they deliver the goods you use then sharing the roads is a benefit to all.

Roundabouts – The “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign applies, so please stay back. Larger trucks often need all of the roadway. The truck isn’t racing you into the roundabout; it is trying to fit in, to avoid a much slower start and movement through, which can often further delay or stop, all traffic.

5 thoughts on “Truckies Tip # 10
  • Victor Chetcuti

    What a top idea – Can you please include all recordings as part off All young learner drivers must see information before getting into a car & Include a reminder test for Parents / Driver Guige to do a test as well.

    Thank you

  • Michael Musgrave

    Excellent series of videos and education. These information sessions should be compulsorily placed onto all state and territory road authority websites and motoring organisation’s websites. In addition, all driving instructor businesses should have a copy and make it compulsory that they are shown to the learner driver, including the parents of the learner. The videos should be shown in primetime television slots, for example, during the news times.

    Regarding the Truckies Tip #9 – Overtaking Trucks, I would suggest that the distance behind the heavy vehicle should be increased—what is shown in the video is much too close. I was taught, and I have taught my children, is to maintain at least a five to six car length behind the heavy vehicle, in fact, make sure you can see the heavy vehicle’s driver’s mirror, and when safe to do so, pass the heavy vehicle.

    (I do drive heavy vehicles, on occasion, not for a living, and I understand the issues both heavy vehicle and light vehicle drivers face—we all need to be aware of these issues and have patience.)

    One snag in overtaking vehicles, any vehicle, is that you will probably be done—receive a speeding ticket fine and licence demerit points—for exceeding the speed limit whilst you are overtaking, if the authorities are in the vicinity. The authorities do not seem to apply common sense on this manoeuvre. Exceeding the speed limit—between 10 km/h and 20 km/h to safely pass a vehicle—back in my day—1960s and into the 1980s—was allowed, or considered acceptable, for making a safe overtaking manoeuvre.

  • Robert Edwards

    It’s not DECCA. It Is DECA: Driver Education Centre of Australia. DECA, NOT DECCA. Surely we could get that detail right. I should know the difference, as I worked for/with them for well over 20 years.

    • Stephen McCarthy

      Thank you for your feedback Robert, We have rectified the error in the acronym and thank you for pointing it out.

  • Mick

    IM amazed at how many driver have no clue to what the

    Do Not Overtake Turning vehicle signs mean.

    I to a caravan and have a DNOTV sigh on the rear of the van which in it self is 8.5 mtrs long, left hand side and aprox 1.3 mtrs from the ground which i was advised is the correct placement of the sign.

    In and near miss on the central coast NSW i moved out across to straddle both lanes with indicator on so i could enter a drive way and there was a car on my left blasting his horn .

    Then as he passed his passenger gave me the finger.

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