Most car drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists have not driven a truck — ever, making it difficult to understand the challenges heavy vehicle drivers have dealing with blind spots, stopping distances, and roll over risk of such large vehicles.

Heavy vehicles influence traffic in several ways. Their large dimensions have been found to impact driving behaviours of light vehicle drivers. In Australia, as in most countries, crashes involving heavy vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists, are of particular concern, especially in urban centres.

Choosing to remain calm when facing stressful situations on the road only takes seconds but can save lives.

The talk features interviews with drivers from Holcim and Alex Fraser. Each give their own tips and stories about their experiences with third party road users, but ultimately they share the same message: be aware of your surroundings.

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.

To download the full pack, visit Heavy Vehicles >> Toolbox Talks >> Interactions with Other Road Users