Truckies Top Tips

Avoid Blind Spots

I use my mirrors so I know what’s around me. If you sit in my blind spots I might not know that you are there.

Don’t sit too close right behind me.

There is also a big blind spot down to the side on my left. Please, don’t sit in the spot near my passenger door, even out to the side on my right can be tricky.

Just remember this simple rule…If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you

Don’t Cut In – Braking Distances

You’ll often see that trucks leave a big space between us and the car in front. You probably don’t realise how dangerous it is if you jump into that space with your car. Because of my size and weight…I need almost twice as much room to brake as a car. If you cut in front – I might not have room to stop!

So for your safety and mine, please don’t Cut In

Don’t Overtake Turning Vehicles

Trucks need more room to get around corners and roundabouts. Sit back until we’ve got around the corner. Or something unfortunate might happen!

100 KPH Speed Limiting

Speed limiting means no engine power is delivered above 100 km/hr, however gravity can push us faster downhill. Truck drivers like to be at the legal speed approaching hills in order to lessen delays to all traffic, but if we slow going uphill or when overtaking, we are doing the best we can.

Overtake With Care

Stay well back behind the truck. Be certain you can see sufficient clear road ahead. When you are sure it is safe, signal, move out, pass quickly but sensibly. Don’t move back in until you can see both the truck’s headlights in your mirrors and do not slow down.