VIDEO: RACQ shares truckie view on road safety
THE RACQ has issued a warning to all drivers to be vigilant around trucks, with the latest figures showing 20% of all road fatalities in Queensland involve heavy vehicles.
And they're calling for all motorists to take stock of their driving habits, as part of today's share the road message during Queensland Road Safety Week.
As part of the message the RACQ today released its latest campaign video about heavy vehicle safety, talking to a Simon's truck driver about how to share the road safely with trucks.
It's a refreshing approach, a truck driver talking about what safety means to him.
RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Steve Spalding said already this year more than 24 people had died in crashes involving heavy vehicles in Queensland alone.
"Last year, heavy vehicles accounted for less than three percent of all vehicles registered in our State and yet they represented more than 20% of all road fatalities (49 deaths),” Mr Spalding said.
"This year, unfortunately the trend isn't improving so it's important to educate motorists about how to properly share the road with trucks.
"This message is particularly important for drivers in regional areas where large trucks frequent our roads and highways.”
Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon agreed motorists needed to be more aware of the differences between cars and heavy vehicles.
"Trucks handle differently and they take longer to stop once the driver hits the brakes,” Mr Mahon said.
"Car drivers need to slow down and ensure they can see a truck's mirrors. That way they'll know the truck driver can see them.”