A truck and caravan/motorhome pass on the Bass Highway in northern Tasmania
A truck and caravan/motorhome pass on the Bass Highway in northern Tasmania Alf Wilson

FROM A TRUCKIE TO A CARAVANNER: Some friendly advice

I DO a lot of road train and oversize work, a lot of the time is spent between 80 and 90 (kilometres per hour).  

Using a bit of courtesy to other road users by communicating with the UHF and slowing up if necessary when they have to pass, goes a long way.  

If we could get this message out to the many on the roads who are not as courteous, it might help make things a bit safer for all.  

I am one of those that drive trucks and tows a van when on holidays, I am able to get along a lot quicker with the van than most times in the truck.  

After many years on the roads, I can say that inconsiderate and dangerous driving is something I see coming from drivers of cars, cars and caravans and trucks.  

All sectors of road user groups have a share of bad drivers, no one group can claim the high moral ground.  

There needs to be more emphasis by the authorities on education rather than enforcement (revenue raising), much of the angst comes from drivers not understanding the needs and restrictions of other road users.  

All drivers should focus on communication (UHF), courtesy (treat others as you would like to be treated) and just plain chill out (exercise some patience), it is much better to be a couple of minutes behind than kill yourself or someone else.  

Clem Wheatley