This is an incredibly scary situation
I HAVE just read the article about Heather Jones' near miss with a grey nomad heading home.
I can vouch with her in saying it is incredibly scary.
I have had a couple myself lately. I was heading up to Mt Jukes loaded and I heading home. Just in the last three days.
One decided to slam his breaks on and pull off onto the side of the road, right on the last round about heading out of Mackay.
A very quick slam of the breaks and another down change when everything is flowing through certainly keeps the blood pumping.
Honked the horn as I went past but they were oblivious to what almost could have happened.
I agree entirely that a lot do not know what they are doing pulling a van.
Maybe there could be some sort of education program put in place that is registered, they need to attend first before hitting the roads.
We all want to be able to go out regardless what we are driving and come home to our families again. A little common sense goes a long way.
Yes the visitors too need to at least be able to sit a brief road rule test to prove they can read the signs and can understand the rules.
That came from a lovely Australian couple who were pulling a van, I met yesterday on way home.
Their son is a truckie also, so they understand the importance of common sense and courtesy on the road.
I have had a few very negative comments on me being a female driver. I find mostly in certain areas my calls are ignored over the the two-way.
One area being very close to my home town. I have also been told to f**k off back to where I come from being New Zealand.
On the other hand, I have had the most awesome comments, helping hands, and the utmost respect from fellow drivers.
A lot are surprised I am in my girl on my own. All in I love what I do. Safe and and happy travels to all.