Fatality Free Friday – May 26, 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

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Tragically in 2016 alone an astonishing 1,300 people lost their life as the result of a vehicular incident in Australia. 18% were aged between 18 and 25 years, 16% aged 26 to 35 years and 17% 36 to 45 years. 
 
The goal is ZERO deaths on Australian roads for just one day. Fatality Free Friday began in 2007 and is Australia’s only national community based road safety program. The goal is to create awareness and foster changes in behaviour to reduce road trauma injuries and fatalities. 
 
Despite the popularity of this event and reductions in fatalities over the past decade, only two Fridays in 2016 were fatality free!   

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The Taylor’s team took the pledge and promised to:

  • Always be fit to drive
  • Stay focused on the road
  • Scan the road ahead
  • Keep a safe distance
  • Drive to suit the conditions  

 

 

 

 

 

 Each of the team signed the key from Caltex. Our fabulous Operations Supervisor and Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Louise Rodgers, made an AMAZING cake to celebrate the event! 

    

 

As operators of heavy vehicles our team understand the importance of safe driving and offer the following tips for those operating cars around trucks –

  • Be aware of the blind spot behind a truck and the larger the truck, the larger the blind spot – if you are tailgating a truck the driver cannot see you in the side mirrors!
  • Trucks cannot brake as quickly as cars and having to stop suddenly when a car pulls into the safe distance they are keeping between them and the vehicle in front of them, the car driver endangers not only themselves, but the truck driver and all those on the road around them. Trucks usually carry heavy loads – if a sudden stop causes the freight to move this can cause the truck to roll, not to mention damage the contents inside the truck.
  • Trucks cannot manoeuvre as easily as cars. Be aware a turning truck may go wide to safely make a turn and do NOT over or undertake! If parking near a truck please leave more space around the vehicle for the driver to safely exit the space.
  • When getting passed by a truck, please reduce or maintain your speed so the truck can safely overtake. 

To take the pledge and learn more about keeping our roads safe, go to the Fatality Free Friday website - http://www.fatalityfreefriday.com/
To date over 178,000 pledges have been signed and we would love to see this number go over 200,000! 

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