Truck safety lesson vital for Yanchep teens

Transafe WA hosted the first ATA Safety Trucks tour through WA, visiting Yanchep District High School, focusing on safe road use around heavy vehicles.

Driver and presenter Glen Schmidtke steered the Volvo prime-mover and trailer into Yanchep, one of 30 stops in the 12,000km tour.

“We know many of our younger drivers are not specifically taught how to drive safely around heavy vehicles; it’s not included in your L or P plate tests,” he said.

“We know many of our younger drivers are not specifically taught how to drive safely around heavy vehicles; it’s not included in your L or P plate tests,” he said.

Recent statistics released by the National Truck Accident Research Centre show that in collisions between cars and trucks involving fatalities, the truck was not at fault 84 per cent of the time.

WA’s Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia commended the tour, “This is a great opportunity for general road users to gain an understanding of the length of heavy haulage vehicles and their braking capacity before they attempt to overtake them, as well as the visibility and maneuverability limitations.”

“All road users need to share responsibility to decrease road trauma.”

Yanchep’s Year 10 Keys for Life students got to see inside the Safety Truck exhibit and learn truckies’ top tips such as not cutting in front of trucks, not overtaking turning trucks, and avoiding truck blind spots.

Visit www.transafewa.com.au for more information.

 

Image courtesy of, and original article available at, the North Coast Times http://www.communitynews.com.au/north-coast-times/news/yanchep-students-…