Drive safe over Easter, NTI urges

Truck insurer calls on drivers to take care on the road over the Easter break

April 2, 2012

Truck insurer National Transport Insurance (NTI) is calling on drivers to take care on the road over the Easter break.

NTI says eight out of 10 major accidents involving trucks are caused by the other vehicle. It adds that over 50 accidents involving trucks occurred last year, costing the industry more than $10,000.

NTI CEO Tony Clark says the industry needs to prepare for busier roads over Easter.

"With greater congestion on our major highways over Easter, NTI urges our professional drivers to remain acutely aware of conditions and the threat of less experienced road users as they deliver the necessary supplies for the Easter holidays," Clark says.

"It’s well-known that many holiday makers load up the car on Easter Thursday, after a day of work, and drive for long periods on roads they aren’t necessarily familiar with. All of this is a recipe for disaster.

"Fatigue, inappropriate overtaking, lack of visibility through loading and underestimating the road conditions are a dangerous mix over holiday periods, so please take extra care this Easter if you’re on the roads."

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