Tell a mate

National Road Safety Week

Through our Tell-a-mate program, the NHVR is strongly supporting this Week and its message of Drive So Others Survive. Some of our frontline staff will be wearing yellow ribbons during the week and we’ll be releasing some messages from staff on social media.

Messages can be seen and shared from our Facebook page at

More information about National Road Safety Week can be found at

Heavy vehicle safety is everyone's business

Tell a mate who drives a truck

  • Take your time, don’t rush for a deadline
  • Check your load is properly restrained
  • Do a daily heavy vehicle check
  • Know your heavy vehicle journey
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Drive to the conditions and don’t speed

Find out more information at

Tell a mate to focus on fatigue

  • Dim or fuzzy vision? Take a break
  • Know your heavy vehicle work and rest requirements
  • Take your time. Don’t rush for a deadline
  • Is your written work diary up to date?
  • Electronic work diaries are a voluntary alternative to written work diaries

Find out more information at

Tell a mate that an approved Electronic Work Diary

  • Is a voluntary option for recording work and rest hours
  • Is an regulatory alternative to a written work diary
  • Can include portable devices like mobile phones, tablet or more traditional  telematics devices
  • Records time in minutes, rather than rounds up work time or rounding down rest time
  • Can assist a driver to more accurately record work and rest hours
  • More information can be found at

Tell a mate in your heavy vehicle supply chain

  • Changes to Chain of Responsibility laws are coming
  • To know your role or roles in the transport task
  • Don’t put any pressure on a driver to break the law
  • To understand their role in making heavy vehicle safety a priority
  • Take steps to effectively minimise or eliminate your heavy vehicle safety risks
  • Check and monitor safety in your business and across your supply chain
  • To find out more information visit

Tell a mate who drives a car

  • Be truck aware
  • Tailgating gets you nowhere
  • Can you see my mirrors?
  • Leave truck bays clear for truck drivers to rest
  • Distraction kills, be alert around heavy vehicles
  • Share the road. Allow heavy vehicles space to operate
  • Leave extra space for a heavy vehicle to turn
  • Don’t steal the space in front of a heavy vehicle
  • Drive to the conditions around heavy vehicles
  • Stay safe around heavy vehicles
  • To find out more information read NHVR safely driving Australia (PDF, 631KB)