Road conditions can affect drivers’ safety and the performance of a vehicle. Poor conditions of pavement and road markings have been identified as a critical factor to road incidents [1] [2]. In urban areas, road closures and detours are common, yet can usually be unexpected. Driving a heavy vehicle while following a predetermined schedule in such situations can post challenges for drivers.

Besides affecting schedules, congested streets impact most activities heavy vehicle drivers are required to perform. Delays, and sudden changes and notifications have been found to directly affect driver behaviour and increase crash probability [3].

The talk features interviews with drivers from Holcim and Toll. Each give their own tips and stories about their experiences with road conditions, but ultimately they share the same message: take it slow, pay attention to your surroundings and try not to stress.

A fact sheet, poster, facilitator guide, overview and PowerPoint are also included. The fact sheets are available in three different versions, depending on the audience. One is targeted towards drivers, one towards companies and the other includes all the information.

The Toolbox Talk is designed to be flexible so your organisation can present or distribute it as you see fit.

The package was peer reviewed by industry experts to ensure it is relevant, accurate and delivered in a way that will engage drivers. This information is sourced from a combination of industry bodies and scholarly texts.

The HVTBT project is delivered thanks to key funding provided through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the federal government.

NRSPP thanks its industry working group, which consists of BINGO Industries, ComfortDelGro Australia, Heavy Vehicle Association of Australia, Holcim, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Qube, Swinburne University, Toll Global Express, Toll Group, Viva Energy and Zurich Insurance.

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