Centre for Road Safety

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.]

Sam: Umm.

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.]

Julia: Oh!

[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: Sure.

[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.]

Julia: Wow!

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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Be Truck Aware - Pedestrian Safety (15 seconds)

[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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