The NHVR has this week rolled out a major safety campaign targeted at light vehicle drivers.
The We Need Space campaign, which stars former Australian Supercars star Garth Tander and professional truck driver Kerri Connors and was recently launched by Victorian Roads Minister Jaala Pulford, targets common driving mistakes car drivers make around trucks.
“A Supercar race is held on a closed circuit, with masses of safety equipment, and cars all going in the same direction, all piloted by highly experienced and trained drivers,” Garth said.
“Contrast that with a truck driver who has so much more to deal with.”
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the campaign focused on the message ‘we need space to keep you safe’.
“When you add it all together, it takes a lot of skill for a truck driver to get from point A to point B safely and all road users need to play a role in the safety of that journey,” Sal said.
“Recent research shows that light vehicles cause up to four-out-of-five crashes involving heavy vehicles.
“Being aware of simple safety tips such as a truck’s blind spot, allowing extra distance for a heavy vehicle to brake and the space needed to turn can reduce the risk for all road users."
“We want everyone to jump on to our Facebook and start sharing these messages. They’re so important for all drivers.”
The campaign is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.