Truckies urged to take a break during Road Safety Week

North-bound truckies passing near Gympie were encouraged today to pull over, enjoy a free barbecue and get some advice on how to avoid fatigue.

The Federal Truckie Toolbox Talk is just one of hundreds of local events and activities being held across the State as part of Queensland’s first ever Road Safety Week.

Truckies travelling north made the most of their fatigue break by taking a pit-stop at Federal  – 1.2 km past exit 244 on the Bruce Highway.

The Truckie Toolbox Talk was an innovative way to provide truck drivers with important information and tips on avoiding fatigue, in a relaxed setting.

Fatigue is a particular issue in Queensland, with the vast distances between some towns making it all the more important for drivers to plan their trips, particularly truck drivers who are regularly doing the long hauls.

Despite its prevalence, many Queenslanders believe driving tired is just part of life.

A 2015 survey of 3000 Queensland drivers found more than a third of drivers admitted to driving tired.

QPS Assistant Commissioner (Central Region) Mike Condon said people needed to be more aware of the signs of fatigue and make a conscious effort to plan their trips to avoid driving tired.

“Whether you’re a truckie travelling long distances for work or a family on vacation, make sure you limit how long you’re driving for, rest every two hours for at least 15 minutes, and simply don’t drive if you’re tired,” Assistant Commissioner Condon said.

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