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Use extreme caution when overtaking long or oversized vehicles such as a truck or bus or a vehicle towing a caravan or trailer. Drivers should allow more time to pass and make sure you can see the road ahead.

Stay out of the blind spots of heavy vehicles

Blind spots are located:

– Directly in front of the truck

– Next to the truck driver’s door

– On the passenger side which runs the length of the truck and extends over three lanes directly behind the truck

Travel at a safe following distance

Don’t follow a heavy vehicle too closely because you want to see what’s ahead (eg debris and other cars).

If you are driving behind a heavy vehicle, take the time to stop safely.

Beware of heavy vehicles turning

Heavy vehicles with a NO OVERTAKING TURNING VEHICLE sign may take more than one lane to turn at corners, intersections and roundabouts. Be prepared to give extra space when a heavy vehicle uses an indicator.

Safe overtaking around heavy vehicles

If you are driving on the freeway/motorway, try to use overtaking lanes where possible.

– Only overtake if the road is clear.

– Be aware of strong winds when passing a heavy vehicle.

– When it is safe to overtake, indicate quickly, accelerate and overtake quickly, without exceeding the speed limit.

– After overtaking, maintain your speed so that the heavy vehicle does not have to brake.

– Never attempt to overtake a heavy vehicle or other long heavy vehicle on a bend or hill, as this will reduce your visibility.

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