Transport and logistics company Centurion will distribute more than 2,500 cards to regional service stations and caravan parks to help educate tourists about safe driving near heavy vehicles.
The Western Australia-based company has urged tourists driving north during the winter to be mindful of road trains and wide loads, saying there are always some drivers who do not know how to handle themselves around road trains.
The move follows a recent company survey that revealed more than 80 per cent of drivers had witnessed or experienced a close call between a road train and caravan in the past two years, with 20 per cent saying they had witnessed more than two.
Centurion general manager of HSEQ safety Luke Beeston says the company aims to lift public awareness of the issues confronting truck drivers.
"We want other road users to understand the hazards and demonstrate the same safe practices to ensure we all arrive at our destination safely," Beeston says.
"The key is for everyone to be educated as to safe behaviours. That way the risk of an incident and injury can be averted."
The company’s eight tips for overtaking a road train are as follows:
Centurion's tips for responsible driving when being overtaken are:
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