Sharing the Road With Road Trains
This is a key description of a quad road train that is a prominent mode of transport for the heavy haulage industries within Australia.
When travelling on certain roads within Australia, you will discover that you are sharing the road with a variety of heavy haulage vehicles that include single trailers, b-doubles, pocket road trains, b-triples, double road trains, triple road trains, and quad road trains.
We hope this article can assist drivers, especially international visitors, on key points for how to safely share the road with road trains and other heavy haulage vehicles.
Road trains can be as long as 53.5 metres - be amazed but don't become nervous over the sheer size of a road train. Take this into consideration as well as the speed limit of the road you are travelling on. When overtaking, only move back into the left lane once you are able to clearly see both of the road train's headlights in your mirrors.
Once safely back in your lane, remember to keep a constant speed and don't slow down!
All too often, road train drivers comment that drivers overtake only to reduce their speed once in front which can cause accidents. Road train drivers do have the capability to overtake drivers, so if you have chosen to overtake a road train to be in front, then please don't reduce your speed below the signed speed limit as this will only result in the road train driver overtaking you!
For example, the image below illustrate that the vehicle is a road train. Road trains can be as long as 53.5 metres, so if you are planning on overtaking, you will need to keep this in mind to ensure you safely navigate your way in front of the road train.
If you miss a turn, keep going and look for a safe place to pull over to perform a u-turn.
When travelling on unsealed roads, you will experience poor visibility with oncoming traffic due to dust. If a road train is approaching, it is recommended that you slow down and safely navigate far left as possible.
- Don't forget to put your headlights on in situations where visibility may be impaired.
- Use your hazard lights when in a situation that requires you to provide warning to fellow drivers.
- Don't tailgate a road train - keep your distance, especially on unsealed roads where poor visibility may be experienced.
- Don't overtake a turning vehicle - give plenty of room for road trains to navigate their right or left turn.
- Be patient, use common sense, and drive sensibly.
Don't forget to take regular breaks and use common sense when driving to ensure your safety, the safety of your passengers, and fellow motorists.