The Importance of Sharing Truck and Rest Areas

Caravanner and RV users in comparison to truck drivers have abundantly more options available to them in regard to fatigue management and where they choose to stop and rest.

Unfortunately, many heavy vehicle drivers, particularly those travelling long distances, are arriving at rest stops only to find Recreational Vehicle (RV) users have taken spaces designated for them, when they could have pre-planned and found a caravan park or one of the many designated areas being provided by councils and towns.

The Co-Exist website is designed to educate, inform and encourage caravanners / RV users to consider pre-planning their rests-stops and fatigue management.  The majority of Australians want and intend to do the ‘right thing’ and hopefully keeping this message ‘front of mind’ will remind us that Co-Existing supports safety, our economy and our truck drivers.

This is not to say that caravanners / RV users cannot and should not use rest stops if needed but additionally, many RV users don’t always use rest stops in either a safe manner or in the way that rest stops were intended to be used.  Examples include not following the posted signs, thereby blocking areas designated for heavy vehicle drivers or forcing heavy vehicle drivers to unnecessarily reverse their vehicles or manoeuvre around the parking area.  Another issue is the parking of RVs in rest stops for far longer than they were envisaged to be used.

Rod Hannifey explains the need to share road side parking bays and their facilities among caravaners, campers and heavy vehicles.  Watch this video for some helpful tips and hints on how we can all beter CO-Exist and make the roads a safer and happier place.

We would like to acknowledge and credit Whiteline Television as the creator of the videos in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle road safety initiative.  We appreciate their support and believe Working collaboratively is in the best interest of road and public safety and seeks to reduce competing messages and advise.

6 Responses to “The Importance of Sharing Truck and Rest Areas”

  1. Maureen K says:

    Maybe more signage needs to be put up telling everyone that they need to park so everyone can get in and out when they need to. Common sense will not work anymore, Need a sign for everything.
    Even a sign saying this area is for Semi Trailers and other travellers so Caravaners and other travellers know that the rest area is be shared with big trucks and all hopefully will think before parking.

  2. Ger says:

    Great information – not only do we have insufficient rest areas but I have noticed that most are positioned where there is absolutely no shade available in W Australia. Given Australia’s excessive heat there is no way these rest areas are suitable to stop for a quick nap while in your motor vehicle in the middle of the day, given the excessive heat build up within a couple of minutes – even with the air con operating. I make a couple of long road trips per year with animals in the car with me and have been forced to continue driving until a suitable SHADED rest area in the next remote country town has been located (and even these are few and far between).
    I beleive this is a major factor in our country road fatalities. Until we get smart, plan, provide or locate cooler, shaded parking areas for motor vehicle travellers – country road deaths will continue. No matter how well you plan your trip, travel tiredness can and does strike at any time. My trips are planned that I reach my destination lunch time, early afternoon but even with this on the odd occassion I have still been caught out tired after multiple hours of driving. Rest stops should not just be viewed as somewhere to stop for an overnight rest. Road statistics may prove that country road accidents caused by tiredness are not only occurring overnight but can and do occur in daylight hours, early to late afternoons.

  3. JOHN CARPANI says:

    Terrific video Rod I have not started the grey nomad experience as yet but researching all facets of travelling and equipment certainly will remember your points of sharing rest areas.

  4. Steve Wright says:

    Love your work there Rod. Simple, to the point, great examples with the vehicles’ positioning’s and totally iced via your WANT TO WORK with the Caravaners+. If there’s any petitions going around that need signing to present to Government in respect to more and better serviced “Rest Areas” then, you’ve got my authorisation to place my name on it. Happy driving and all the best.

  5. Anne says:

    There is definitely a shortage of rest stops. We found NSW to have quite a lot and most of them with plenty of room for trucks and caravans to share. Victoria on the other hand has very few. We have travelled much of this state and nearly always have to find somewhere in a town to rest. Which means there is also very few places to pull in and check your load or your caravan. That becomes a safety issue. We need more, larger Rest stops. We need caravanners to read the signs. We need them to be considerate of trucks and park as far out of their way as possible. As for caravan parks when your travelling, they are expensive and most of them require booking in. It’s not always possible to plan your trip that well and really, Who wants to go to caravan parks or can afford to go to caravan parks every night.?

  6. Ray Beard says:

    It would be money well spent if the Gov’t would air these videos on the telly. The occasional inconsiderate truckie is far outnumbered by car drivers who don’t know,;some don’t seem to care, just how hard they can make it for the truck driver who is just trying to do his job. I surprised many a caravan combo by having a polite conversation. Works wonders, and both drivers feel better for it! A simple “thank you” can mean a lot. Some car drivers/van towers, are dead scared of trucks. A polite request can make all the difference. It does work both ways. Just another grey nomad these days, getting a look at the other side.

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