Vehicles of many sizes share New Zealand’s road network, but they don’t always share it safely.
In 2018, 62 people died as a result of crashes between trucks and cars or motorcycles, and a further 678 people were injured.*
Although motorists sometimes blame these crashes on 'truckies who think they own the road', in most cases it is the car driver or motorcyclist who is at fault.
Part of the problem is that many motorists just aren't aware of the potential hazards that exist when big and small vehicles share the road.
The more that car drivers and motorcyclists know about the limitations of trucks and how they should drive when they encounter them, the more crashes may be prevented.
So, what can you do to share the road more safely with trucks? Motorists who follow these guidelines in this factsheet can help ensure a safer journey for themselves, their passengers, and other road users.
* Note: Crash data for 2018 is not yet complete. Data is for all crashes reported by the Police to the NZ Transport Agency for the year 2018 as recorded in CAS at 19/06/2019.