ATA releases new safety guide

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has released a new edition of its Truckies Top Tips designed to provide motorists with advice about how to share the road safely with Australia’s 534,000 trucks. The release has been timed to coincide with the first tour by the ATA’s upgraded road safety exhibition, the $1.3 million Safety Truck.

“The trucking industry is working hard to improve our safety, but we know that many of the accidents between trucks and cars are due to mistakes by car drivers. Drivers are just not taught how to share the road with trucks,” said ATA CEO, Stuart St Clair. “Our Top Tips provide motorists with advice to help make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day.”

According to the ATA, some of the tips will include avoiding blind spots that explains how truck drivers use their mirrors to see surrounding traffic and that sitting too close to the left passenger door or too close behind the truck may mean the driver doesn’t know the car driver is there.

The first edition of the Truckies Top Tips was published by the ATA back in 2004 and has now been replaced by the new Top Ten Tips.

“We distributed many thousands of our original Top Ten Tips at shows, industry events and through our mobile safety exhibition,” said St Clair. “We’ve now brought the tips up to date and given them a fresh, cool look to match our upgraded Safety Truck and the 3D graphics that will now be a key part of our road safety campaigns.”

The Truckies Top Tips are available at the Safety Truck website.  

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