Fraser Coast drivers urged to be aware of big rigs

RESPECT the difference in size is the peek message from RACQ this week.

The state's peak motoring body has issued a warning to all drivers to be vigilant around trucks, with the latest figures showing an over-representation of fatalities involving heavy vehicles.

RACQ has called for all motorists to take stock of their driving habits, as part of the 'share the road' message during Queensland road safety week.

RACQ head of technical and safety Steve Spalding said already this year more than 24 people had died in crashes involving heavy vehicles in Queensland.

"Last year, heavy vehicles accounted for less than three percent of all vehicles registered in our State and yet they represented more than 20 percent of all road fatalities (49 deaths)," Mr Spalding said.

"This year, unfortunately the trend isn't improving so it's important to educate motorists about how to properly share the road with trucks.

"This message is particularly important for drivers in regional areas where large trucks frequent our roads and highways."

Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon agreed motorists needed to be more aware of the differences between cars and heavy vehicles.

"Trucks handle differently and they take longer to stop once the driver hits the brakes," Mr Mahon said.

"Car drivers need to slow down and ensure they can see a truck's mirrors. That way they'll know the truck driver can see them."

RACQ has released its latest campaign video about heavy vehicle safety, which can be viewed above.

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