Pacific Highway nation's worst

IT’S official – the Pacific Highway has been named the nation’s worst in a survey of truck drivers.

The Hume Highway, in contrast, has been named our best.

McColl’s Transport CEO Simon Thornton said the federal and relevant state governments needed to take action to improve the Pacific Highway, which was rated poorly by drivers because of its condition and heavy congestion.

McColl’s Transport employs more than 500 truck drivers nationwide, each with an average of 23 years experience.

“More than a third of our truck drivers believe the Pacific Highway is the worst in the country, closely followed by the Newell and Stuart highways,” Mr Thornton said.

“I urge the federal and relevant state governments to consider this feedback and acknowledge improvements need to be made.”

More than 5000km are covered by the average McColl’s Transport driver each week, allowing plenty of opportunity to spot weird and wonderful sights on Australia’s highways.

“Cars driving up the wrong side of the motorway and a barbecue strapped to a motorbike rider are amongst the stranger things our truck drivers have seen,” Mr Thornton said.

“Another jaw dropper was a situation where four blokes had their arms out the window clutching onto a mattress that had been placed on the car’s roof.”

Mr Thornton said road safety was a key concern for McColl’s Transport and the survey had revealed drivers believed that motorists need to be better educated about how to share the road with trucks.

“The festive season is under way and more drivers are taking to the roads so we urge motorists to consider trucks when driving.”

Remember that trucks have a number of blind spots and a wider turning circle so give them plenty of room on the roads and allow for plenty of stopping space.



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