Be Truck Aware

Be Truck Aware highlights the importance of taking extra care around trucks. With increased construction work across Greater Metropolitan Sydney, including North Sydney, there will be more trucks on our roads and changed traffic conditions.

There has been a significant increase in the number of trucks coming and going in the North Sydney area. This can largely be attributed to the Sydney Metro Project and a number of large developments being built in the CBD.

Everyone has a part to play in staying safe on our roads - so whether you’re walking, cycling, riding or driving - always Be Truck Aware.

 

REMEMBER

Trucks have blind spots and sometimes they might not be able to see you. Take extra care when walking, riding and driving around trucks – can they see you?

Blind spots video

 

Trucks can’t stop as quickly as some other vehicles on our roads. Avoid merging in front of trucks, or unexpectedly stepping in front of trucks to cross the road.

Follow these helpful tips to keep you safe around trucks:

Pedestrians:

  • Take extra care around trucks and remember trucks can’t always see you.
  • Only cross at designated pedestrian crossings.
  • Don’t be distracted by mobile devices and remove headphones before crossing the road.
  • Always look out before you step out when crossing the road.

Bicycle riders

  • Trucks have blind spots and may not see you. Take extra care.
  • Make eye contact with truck drivers, especially at intersections, so you know they have seen you.
  • Don’t overtake a truck when it is turning. Trucks need extra space when turning and may take up more than one lane.
  • Do not pass on the inside of a truck about to turn. Allow the truck to pass and then safely continue your journey.
  • Always follow the road rules and ride with care.

Motorcycle riders

  • Trucks have blind spots and may not see you. Take extra care.
  • Avoid lane filtering near trucks.
  • Trucks may have trailers attached and can be longer than expected. Take care when changing lanes around trucks.
  • Avoid trying to overtake a truck when it is turning. Trucks are likely to need extra space and may take up more than one lane.
  • Always follow the road rules and ride with care.