81 per cent of drivers give truckies a thumbs up

Awareness of road sharing with heavy vehicles high in the minds of survey respondents

81 per cent of drivers give truckies a thumbs up
81 per cent of 1000 people over 18 years-old surveyed had positive things to say about truck drivers

Some 81 per cent of Australians say truck drivers are considerate and drive well around other road users, according to research conducted for the National Road Transport Association.

Conversely, almost four-in-ten say they can recall an incident in the last month involving a truckie driving poorly.

The take-outs come from a national study conducted by independent consultants StollzNow Research who canvassed an online panel of 1000 people aged 18 and above.

The research reflects some surprising outcomes but also overwhelming support for driver education and licence testing having a greater focus on truck awareness.

NatRoad Chairman Scott Davidson says 96 per cent of Australian drivers feel they drive well around trucks, but drops to 48 per cent when they are asked about other people.

"Awareness and good behaviour on the road by Australians towards trucks is well understood – if not always practised," Davidson says.

"Some 89 per cent say they know that trucks may not be able to see their car, and 85 per cent know to make sure there is room for a truck to stop safely before changing into its lane.

"While that’s heartening, the research overwhelmingly supports the push for better motorist education.

"Some 92 per cent of Australians feel that truck awareness should be a mandatory part of driver education and licence testing."

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