Following two incidents on Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway in the past week, the NHVR is calling on heavy vehicle drivers to take extra care along the notorious downhill stretch.
NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the NHVR has investigated the operators involved in these recent incidents.
“This stretch of road includes a long descent into Adelaide where heavy vehicle drivers need to be mindful of their own road safety and that of others particularly when carrying heavy loads,” Salvati said, ahead of tomorrow’s Fatality Free Friday.
“It’s a timely reminder for those who use this road regularly to take care and reinforce the Fatality Free Friday message – always be fit to drive, stay focused on the road, scan the road ahead, keep a safe distance and drive to suit the conditions.
“If heavy vehicle drivers are unfamiliar with this stretch of road, we recommend they take the time to drive it in a light vehicle beforehand or check out one of the video or simulator resources available.”
South Australian road laws require drivers on this stretch of freeway to use a gear that is low enough to enable the vehicle to be driven safely without the use of a primary brake and not drive at a speed in excess of the relevant speed limit.
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