The ATA has released a video presentation that sets out the findings of a major Australian study into truck crashes. The video and a series of clips are available on the ATA YouTube channel.
The video features the Director of the Monash University Accident Research Centre, Professor Mark Stevenson, whose research found that:
- truck drivers with less than ten years of experience have three times the crash risk of more experienced drivers
- unladen trucks are more than twice as likely to crash than loaded trucks
- anti-lock brakes and cruise control demonstrably reduce the risk of crashes
- driving between midnight and 6.00am increases the risk of crashing more than three times.
Professor Stevenson is a leading injury expert. More than a thousand long distance truck drivers participated in the study.
The video is drawn from Professor Stevenson’s presentation to Federal MPs and Senators at Parliament House, Canberra, on 4 September 2014. The presentation was part of TruckWeek 2014. The you tube can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MiApzIn2CU