Sharing the road with Trucks

 

As the number of heavy vehicles on South Africa's roads, and in particular along the N3 Toll Route, continue to escalate, the need for South African motorists to share our roads responsibly is more important now than ever before.
"This is especially true in light of the fact that the number of accidents continue to increase and lives are lost on our roads every day," says Road Safety Foundation Director, Petro Kruger.
Trucks are extremely important to the South African economy. As consumers we need them on our roads as they are responsible for transporting products that are critical to life - and those that make life a lot morecomfortable. However, as a motorist, sharing the road with large trucks can cause a feeling of discomfort.
What is crucial, however, is for all road users to create a 'motoring comfort zone' that will help to reduce the occurrence of accidents and minimise the potential risk for incidents to take place.
This is often easier said than done, so N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) and the Road Safety Foundation have put together some tips and suggestions for motorists to consider not only when travelling on the N3 Toll Route but on all South African roads.
"It is important to realise that trucks do not operate like cars. Some of them are so large that accelerating, slowing down and stopping take more time and more space than any other vehicle on the road. They have large blind spots and make wide turns. If they come upon an unexpected traffic situation, there may not be enough room for them to avoid a collision," commented Con Roux, commercial manager of N3TC.
The Road Safety Foundation believes that motorists can protect themselves and their passengers by learning to share the road safely and responsibly with large vehicles.

Minimum Required Stopping Distance - meters

Speed km/h

Small Car

Medium Car

Large Car

Heavy Vehicle

60

60

66

77

116

70

78

86

101

154

80

99

109

129

197

90

121

135

159

246

100

146

163

193

300

110

174

193

230

359

120

203

227

271

424

130

235

263

314

495

140

269

301

361

570