Be Truck Aware - Blind Spots (1 minute, 27 seconds)
[Series of shots in a freight yard show a director talking to Sam, Alison and Julia, none of whom have ever driven a truck.]
Graphic: We invited three drivers with over 40 years of combined driving experience to understand what it’s like to be a truck driver.
Director: Hey Julia, come on in.
[Julia climbs into the driver’s seat of a large truck.]
Julia: Wow. First time in a truck.
[In separate takes, the other two first-time truck drivers climb into the driver’s seat. The director sits in the passenger seat.]
Director: Are you aware of any challenges a truck driver faces when on the road?
[Separate shots show their responses.]
Alison: Uh… no. Not really.
Julia: Well, the same as any driver, I guess.
Director: Okay Sam. Can you see anyone in your mirrors?
[Sam checks the side mirror, which seems clear.]
Sam: No , I can’t.
[Julia checks a side mirror.]
Julia: No. I can’t see anyone.
[Director and Alison are shown in the cabin.]
Director: Can you see anyone in front of the truck?
[View through the truck’s windscreen appears clear.]
Alison: No. I can’t see anyone.
Director: So you’re feeling confident you would be all clear for driving?
Alison: Um, I would hope so. Yes.
Julia: Yep. Good to go.
Director: Okay, let’s take a walk.
[As Sam climbs out of the cabin, he sees a motorcycle rider in the truck’s blind spot.]
Sam: Oh, no way!
[Julia climbs out of the truck’s cabin to see a group of six cyclist in another of the truck’s blind spots.]
[Alison sits in the driver’s seat of the truck.]
Director: Alison could you stand up and have a look in front of the truck, please?
[Alison sees three pedestrians in front of the truck.]
Alison: Oh, wow!
[The three pedestrians are shown in front of the truck.]
[Animation shows an overhead view of a truck, highlighting the blind spots to the front and both sides.]
Graphic: Trucks have blind spots. They might not be able to see you.
[The director takes Sam to meet the motorcycle rider, who sits on his bike and removes his helmet.]
Director: So Sam, this is Alex. He was on the motorcycle next to you the whole time.
Sam: That is insane!
[Alison is shown in the driver’s seat of the truck.]
Alison: I was a hundred percent sure that there was no one there. I would not have seen them had I not stood up.
[Julia is shown standing beside the truck, facing the cyclists.]
Julia: I checked my mirrors and there was no one.
[Shot of cyclists sitting on their bikes.]
Director: They were there. They were in your blind spot, but they were definitely there.
[Close-up of Sam.]
Sam: There’s no way I saw that.
[Julia shakes her head.]
Director: What will you take away from this experience?
[Close-ups of Alison, Julia and Sam.]
Alison: I’m going to be much more aware of trucks on the road as I’m walking around.
Julia: I’m going to be more careful around trucks, that’s for sure.
Sam: I mean, this whole experience has just been a real eye-opener.
Graphic: Looking out for each other is a shared responsibility.
Graphic: Be Truck Aware, NSW Government logo, Towards Zero logo.
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[Up-tempo guitar soundtrack plays.]
Graphic: Be Truck Aware
[People are shown crossing a busy city street.]
[Close-up of female pedestrian using earphones, texting on her mobile phone as she walks along the footpath beside a busy street.]
Narrator: Increased construction across Sydney will see a lot more trucks driving on our roads.
[As the female pedestrian walks down the footpath, we see shots of passing trucks and other pedestrians.]
Narrator: Take extra care when crossing.
[The female pedestrian stops at a busy intersection, looks to the right, and then to the left.]
[Close-up shows the red Don’t Walk signal on a traffic light.]
[The pedestrian removes her earphones, the green Walk signal flashes.]
Narrator: Look out before you step out.
[The pedestrian looks to the right and the left to check for traffic before she steps onto the crossing.]
End credits: Be Truck Aware, Look out before you step out, cartoon graphic of truck stopped at pedestrian crossing to allow a man to cross, NSW Government and Towards Zero logos
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