Drive safely this Christmas, ATA tells truckies and motorists

ATA says truck drivers need to drive safely this Christmas because they will be under more scrutiny

December 16, 2009

The nation’s truck drivers need to set an example for motorists and drive safely during the holiday season, the peak trucking representative group says.

As Christmas draws near and traffic levels increase, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman Trevor Martyn says truck drivers will be under more scrutiny.

"There are more cars on the road at Christmas time, and the public’s attention is focused on the professionalism of our driving. Professional drivers know the rules, and we are the ones who should be setting an example for holiday motorists," he says.

"Worryingly, we have seen a jump in the number of fatalities on Australia’s roads in 2009 and I’m urging every road user, whether in a truck or car, to keep that statistic in mind every time they step behind the wheel."

Martyn says motorists also need to ensure they do not cut in front of trucks or try to overtake them while they are turning.

"Remember, if you can’t see the truck driver’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you," Martyn says.

"If you want to overtake, make sure you can see enough clear road ahead."

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