Truck Drivers' 10 Top Tips for Other Motorists on the Road

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1. Cutting in, cutting out

Please don't cut in front of trucks as they slow for traffic lights, or when you're on the highway. A truck needs more road space to stop than you realise, so leave plenty of room in front of the truck. A loaded B-Double can weigh up to 50 times more than a car, so avoid the risk of collision.

2. Do not overtake turning vehicle

There is a sign on the back of trucks that says: 'Do not overtake turning vehicle'. It warns that the truck is at least 7.5metres long and needs more room when turning. This sign allows trucks to legally turn from the centre lane at intersections, corners and roundabouts. So stay back and don't move into the blind spots to the left of the truck cabin or drive directly behind the trailer. Remember, if you can't see the truck driver's face in the truck mirrors, he cannot see you.

3. Maintain Your Speed

When being overtaken by a truck, please maintain your speed. Don't accelerate. If anything, ease up on the accelerator. When the truck has passed, flash your headlights briefly, to tell the truckie it's safe to move back in. This helps the truck pass safely and improves your own safety too.

4. 100km/h Speed Limiting

Speed limiting means no engine power is delivered above 100 km/h, however, gravity can push trucks faster downhill. Truck drivers like to be at the legal speed approaching hills, in order to lessen delays to all traffic, but if they slow down going uphill, or when overtaking, remember the driver is doing the best he/she can.

5. Road Positioning

A truck uses its entire lane, so avoid travelling right on the centre line. Use all the road available to give yourself sufficient space and lessen any buffeting from air turbulence, particularly if towing a boat or caravan. If stopped or broken down, park well clear of the roadway. Use hazard lights and to be safely seen at night, ensure headlights are switched off and parking lights are on.

6. Lights at Night

High beam glare contributes to night-driving fatigue. …