Technologies like electronic braking and stability systems, speed and GPS trackers, and even fatigue and distraction monitors can help keep drivers safe.
The numbers on fatigue are in – and there’s good news and bad. According to the 2021 Major Accident Investigation Report, fatigue-related crashes are at their lowest recorded level. Still, they remain the largest single cause of truck driver deaths.
Technology may have the potential to make this industry safer, but people and communication must always come first.
With every Australian state and territory border open this Easter for the first time in two years, and large numbers of travellers heading onto the roads, PACCAR Parts urges truck drivers to play it safe during what is expected to be a busy holiday period.
Having good technology and good driver relationships is often overlooked, yet it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Finished in a striking electric blue, this 1946 Ford Jailbar truck – named Jolene – could be yours. She’s being raffled off during the Brisbane Truck Show to help raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research.
Following the release of a joint roadworthiness report from National Transport Insurance (NTI) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) said that keeping well maintained vehicles was key to trucking safety and productivity.
Given the amount of time trucks spend on the road, a breakdown of some sort is inevitable. Popping a tyre, losing hydraulics, simply failing to start or any one of a hundred things will eventually sideline even the best-kept truck. Asking the question popularised in a movie, who ya gunna call?
As Australia’s economy tries to adjust to a new normal after the emergence of Covid19, businesses are facing many new challenges. Our clients have seen that these changes have had both positive and negative impacts on the transport industry’s safety culture.
NTI Traction, a new program to drive good safety culture has already paid dividends for Fennell Forestry, with the South Australian business opening a constructive dialogue throughout the company. Read more