Building bridges between grey nomads and truckies

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Road train driver Marty Baldwin shared his knowledge with camp hosts.

With so many grey nomads out there enjoying life on the open road, there are inevitably ‘differences of opinion’ with the truckies who share the same highways and byways, but have a totally different schedule and different priorities.

While it would be foolhardy to claim that there will never be another disagreement, it is true however to say that the extra efforts being made to increase dialogue and promote understanding between the two groups is beginning to bear fruit.

In the latest initiative, veteran Centurion Logistics truck driver, Marty Baldwin, gave a talk to, and took questions from, a gathering of camp hosts in Western Australia as part of the annual Parks and Wildlife Service Community Involvement conference.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said camp hosts were well placed to distribute and communicate road safety information to other road users, particularly grey nomads travelling through the commodity rich regions of Australia.

“We want to keep our volunteers happy and safe while travelling to and from their next site, as well as while on duty, but also to pass on these key messages to park visitors,” said DBCA Campground Host program co-ordinator, Lorene Bennett. “They travel thousands of kilometres from the south of WA to the north and beyond, so hearing of potential issues and learning how to deal with them from other major road users, such as Centurion, is invaluable.”

The camp host attendees had plenty of questions for Mr Baldwin, who has been driving road trains for 30 years, including the best way to perform an overtaking manoeuvre and  which UHF channel to use. However, the key point that came up repeatedly during the lively discussion was that of communication. No matter what you’re driving or where you’re going, the overwhelming consensus was that communication is key; and that truck drivers and other road users alike really appreciate the courtesy.

  • Do you think that – with better communication and understanding – grey nomads and truckies can share the roads together in perfect harmony? Comment below.

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12 Responses to Building bridges between grey nomads and truckies

  1. All vehicles towing a caravan must have a uhf radio. Do a course how to use it. Motor homes should have these units also.

  2. Agree that there should be better comms but the rouge element on both sides will always cause trouble

  3. Yes my other half is still a truck driver as he works while we travel now on 12 years and he has a UHF in his FTruck and if needed will communicate and pull over when he can as we areabig set up the size of a semi and also another ute with trailer common curtesy goes a long way

  4. It would help if all oversize pilots told us caravanners the width of the load following so we can take appropriate action same as they watn trucks. Some loads require getting off or stopping, some do not. Costs nothing to tell us.

  5. I have, and always will, pull over and let trucks (big or small) past. Full stop end of story. Not real hard to do.

  6. You will never get full co-operation until the moron element of the trucking industry stop swearing over the air.

    • What has that got to do with safety?

      • A lot. I know people who turn their sets off when the language gets too rough.

        • Rough language is often required when dealing with unsafe people. Ask any police officer if they have had to use rough language.
          People need to realise if your vehicle is holding up traffic let them past when you can. Simple. I drive slow and fast vehicles, in the slow ones i let traffic past. Never had a problem.

  7. How good it is to drive on does under serviced roads Roads. Rules never existed in Australia. A truck driving behind a car with 1m distance….what do you call that ? There isn’t any laws how fast you have to drive .

  8. We have been travelling and towing since our kids were little, we have always run a UHF 40 channel, the kids learnt some new words, and we are now in our 60’s. You have rear vision mirrors, use them, Semi coming up behind! Simple “Hi Mate we know you’re there, get you past as quick as possible” Never had an issue in 40 + years. Truckies appreciate it and it is much better than looking out your window and seeing a road train beside you that you didn’t know was there! Just Saying!

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