Play it safe over Christmas holiday period, ATA urges road users

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Trucking group issues advice to heavy vehicle drivers and motorists to keep safe during holidays.

Play it safe over Christmas holiday period, ATA urges road users
ATA CEO Chris Melham says trucking businesses need to make sure they schedule extra time for drivers to account for heavy traffic during the Christmas period.


Truck drivers and motorists need to make sure they slow down and take regular rest breaks during the Christmas holiday period, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) says.

The group has issued a road safety message to road users in the lead-up to Christmas, including three key tips to motorists about staying out of heavy vehicle blind spots, not cutting in front of trucks and making sure not to overtake trucks when they are turning.

ATA CEO Chris Melham says many motorists feel pressured to drive faster or for longer to get to their destination sooner.

"But it’s much better to arrive safely than to speed towards an accident," he says.

"Stick to the speed limit and avoid driving when tired. Share the trip with another qualified driver, and pull over for breaks when you need them."

Melham says trucking operators and drivers need to be mindful of motorists during the holiday period and make sure they schedule in extra time for trips to account for traffic delays.

"Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for many trucking businesses, and it’s also one of the busiest times on the road. Make sure your driver schedules have plenty of time to account for heavy traffic conditions," he says.

"We remind professional drivers to be patient and share the road safely. With many people driving unfamiliar roads or towing a boat or caravan for the first time all year, it’s particularly important to watch out for other motorists and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front."

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