Put safety front and centre over holiday period: ATA


Australian Trucking Association gives tips to truck drivers and motorists on staying safe on the road over the Christmas period.

Put safety front and centre over holiday period: ATA
ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says trucking operators need to factor in traffic delays when scheduling trips over the holidays.

 

The peak lobby group representing Australia’s trucking industry has reminded truck drivers and motorists to take regular breaks and manage fatigue to stay safe on the road over the Christmas and New Year periods.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) says motorists should not push through fatigue or drive faster to cut journey times to make it to their destinations.

ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says drivers need to stick to the speed limit, pull over and have a nap if they are tired or share the job with another driver.

St Clair has asked truck drivers to keep the holiday traffic in mind when planning schedules for the coming weeks.

"The roads are always busy at this time of year – it’s not a surprise. Trucking businesses and drivers need to schedule in time to safely deal with traffic delays," he says.

"Professional drivers should keep an eye out for holiday motorists who may not be familiar with the roads, or who are towing a boat or caravan for the once-a-year holiday. Be patient, stay well back and share the road safely."

The ATA will play animated safety videos on TV stations around Australia over the coming weeks to drive home the safety message.

The videos recommend safety tips for motorists, such as staying out of a heavy vehicle’s blind spots, not cutting in front of trucks and not overtaking trucks when they are turning.

To raise awareness of road safety these holidays, the ATA has developed a short animated video that will be played on TV stations around Australia over the coming weeks.

The videos are part of a number of ATA initiatives aimed at improving road safety and can be viewed here.

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