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Road trains are an integral part of the Australian Outback, just like kangaroos, red dust and endless horizons.
A proper "Road Train Truck" has two, three or more normal trailers, connected by converter dollies.
View long side Western Australia’s roads.
Passing a road train on the dirt road can be tricky, remember you won’t be able to see anything for a while. Sometimes is better, just stop and wait till truck pass, and dust clear up. A road train may be over 50 metres long and can weigh up to 200 tonnes and more! 200 tonnes moving at speed of 110 km/h aren't going to stop in a hurry. Those monsters can't even slow down or change direction in a hurry, so don't expect them to do so because you'll end up in trouble and guess who'll win?
Road Train Truck Road Trains Links Useful Sites Bushland Music Perth My Whinging TrucksA double road train is around 35 metres long and weighs nearly 80 tonnes while a triple road train weighs up to 115 tonnes and is about 50 metres in length, so they do deserve our respect. Rear vision – The driver of a heavy vehicle may not be able to see you in his mirrors if you are travelling too close behind. If you can't see his mirrors, he certainly can't see you.
View long side Western Australia’s roads.The record road train in Western Australia is 1445 metres long. World record belongs to Queensland, 112 trailers stretched 1474.3 metres long.
- Few basic rules on Western Australians roads
- Overtaking or being overtaken can take considerable time so you need to be able to see at least three kilometres ahead before attempting to pass. If it's dusty and visibility is impaired, don't even think about passing.
- One of the most common reactions of drivers when they see a truck coming up behind them is to reduce speed. This has the effect of causing the truck driver to reduce speed, thus making it difficult for him to gather the momentum needed to safely overtake.
- The best thing you can do is to maintain your road speed until the road train or trucks is alongside then slow down and, if safe, ease to the left. If you want to pull over before the truck passes, try to get right off the road.