Queensland caravanner on a mission to help all truckies
KEN Wilson is a man on a mission to remove the 'us and them' mentality between truckies, caravanners and RV drivers on our highways.
One of the solutions, he hopes, lies in his Truck Friendly road safety program, which is starting to gain traction where it counts.
Through a dedicated website - www.truckfriendly.com.au - and Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/truckfriendly.com.au - that educate drivers on how better to share the road with truckies, the Bundaberg-based caravanner is breaking down the divide.
Brochures with brief details of the program are also available at a growing number of council tourist information centres throughout Australia.
Drivers who have read and understood the website driving guides and have a UHF radio fitted and turned on also qualify for a free green, 30cm 'I'M TRUCK FRIENDLY', sticker that they can display on the rear of their caravan or RV.
The distinctive stickers are easily recognisable for a distance by any following vehicle and are designed to encourage communication and cooperation between the drivers on our highways to help ensure safety and friendly driving practices are followed by all.
Ken, a disability worker, said his largely self-funded program - sponsors pick up the printing bills - has now grown to a national one in just eight short weeks since its official launch.
The website and Facebook pages have had huge growth in readership in that time with over 5,100 visits to the website in the first week alone.
"With the large number of caravan club rallies and meetings planned for the next few months you will see more and more of the distinctive large green Truck Friendly stickers on the back of caravans and RV's as you travel this spring,” said Ken.
"We ask all truck drivers to show support for the program and look out for the distinctive large, round, green stickers on the upper driver side on the rear of caravans and RV's. Drivers with the stickers want to help other road users.”
The program will shortly have smaller round green 'I support the Truck Friendly program' stickers available for use on the rear of trucks, cars and shops.
"Just the words 'Truck' and 'Friendly' should encourage drivers to think about how they interact with trucks on our highways and suburban roads,” said Ken.
He also hoped that owner-drivers and large trucking companies will ask for the Truck Friendly stickers to place on the rear of their fleet of trucks.
"The program will help change the attitude of all road users and encourage them to treat truck drivers in a more courteous and friendly manner.”
Once appropriate financial support is found the Truck Friendly program then aims to conduct road safety and caravan education workshops at caravan parks and free camps throughout Australia in 2020/21.
"We are currently looking for a major sponsor for these workshops,” added Ken.
"The program needs financial assistance to keep it growing at this rapid rate.”