Fatigue management …and the direction of Travel
Fatigue management is well known as a major issue affecting us all. What is both surprising and concerning is the Direction of Travel shows a marked difference with two out of every three losses occurring on the outbound journey from home.
Leaving home is always difficult, especially after holidays, but for many drivers this is compounded by their desire whilst at home, to catch up on all the normal family commitments, home and yard chores, visits with friends, washing the truck and completing the “wife’s list ” :)
So oftentimes, drivers will leave home already fatigued. The statistics show the majority of accidents happen in the first 250 kilometres, and the vast majority of fatigue-related accidents happen between midnight and 6 am.
So what can the WAGs and partners do to help ? …. Minimise “the List “
Below are suggestions from TSAA members and their partners.
- Some partners will mow the lawns, and either do the small maintenance jobs or outsource them, so the driver can rest, or have time to go out to dinner and spend time as a family, when they home.
- Ensure their car is fuelled or maybe the mower fuel is full.
- Make agreements that work for you – i.e perhaps the first 24 hours are phone free and social-obligation free if possible.
- Get the kids to help clean the leaves out of the water tank filter, and other little jobs like weeding to save him.
- Clearly larger jobs may need to be left for the driver, especially where it is important to them. e.g. A driver loves to garden for relaxation when he is home.
- Making sure to send them off with a smile and a hug and in a positive frame of mind. When a driver is confident their choice to go to work is the right one, they can concentrate on the job at hand in a much safer manner.
- What do you and your partner do to help minimise the outbound tiredness ?
The chart below includes the direction of travel to highlight the degree of influence of such matters as driver’s fitness for duty / fatigue and trip preparation in the context of loading and vehicle readiness.
NTI’s data showed that two out of every three losses occur on the outbound journey from home base. In cases where
inappropriate speed was the finding (21.5%), 49.4% occurred on Mondays or Tuesdays, whereas where fatigue was found (12.6%), most incidents were on Mondays with that day and Tuesday accounting for 41.1% of major incidents.
The National Truck Accident Research Centre ( NTARC) is an independent research facility established by NTI ( National Transport Insurance) which continues to be the leading commercial vehicle and equipment insurer in Australia. “We are cognisant of the fact that if the driver does retire for rest and does not experience quality sleep, even a short period of driving can be affected by fatigue.
By overlaying traffic volumes, the relative risk of a fatigue incident at a given time of the day was assessed. Measured in this way, the risk for a truck driving between midnight and 6am was over triple that of the daily average. By contrast the range of time covering ‘business hours’ had a risk of a fatigue crash around half the daily rate.
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MVM Autos recently released its new ‘Coolabah DC Sleeper Cab Air Con system. Designed and made in Australia for Australian conditions with Aussie drivers comfort and convenience in mind.
Unlike diesel powered units, the Coolabah has a small carbon foot print but still packs a punch! The electric unit is quiet and virtually vibration free, which means a better sleep for the driver, and for those around him also.
Being an AC/DC unit, the Coolabah is designed to maintain the overall temp of the cab for 7 to 24 hours depending on which battery option you choose, the time of day, ambient temp and the temperature you set. Equipped with a highly efficient component that delivers a constant air flow and ensures a long service life, it has a digital controller to control all aspects of the units operation from temperature output, compressor, fan speed and heating options.
MVM Autos are offering an exclusive discount to ‘Truckies Club’ members when they install the new Coolabah unit. Normally priced at $13 190 + gst, Truckies Club members Price – $12490 + gst supplied and fitted. That’s a $700 saving! For more info on this Unit contact the team at MVM Auto’s Newcastle – 02 964 2287, Sydney – 02 9833 1900 or visit the website.
To become a Truckies Club member join online or call Kylie on 0410 474 768.
Rocklea Canvas Pty Ltd is an Australian owned company, established in 1974 providing specialised service in the manufacture and supply of canvas and synthetic products to the transport industry.
Their business practices place particular emphasis on experience, expertise, capability, reliability and of course, quality.
Drop in and see them at:
Rocklea Canvas Pty Ltd
33 Reginald Street
Rocklea Qld 4106
Phone them on: (07) 3277 2845
Rocklea Canvas manufacture for the public and the trade sector. Services they offer include:
- Trailer and Ute Canopies
- Cap Tarps
- Gate Curtains
- Custom Tarps
- Stock Tarps
- Builders Tarps
- Tautliners/curtainsiders (made in Brisbane)
- Fleet Management
Their repairs and maintenance are carried out by experienced tradesmen and they are also available for piece work and contract welding and sewing.
Customising your tarps/curtains is their specialty and you can be assured they are made from the highest quality materials. So if it’s new, customised, standard, repairs or maintenance you need – Rocklea Canvas will get the job done.
Better yet, Rocklea Canvas are offering all Truckies Club members their choice of these great deals!
- 25% off Tautliner Curtain fitting or a
- FREE Bullduck TT Cover Tarp with every new Cap Tarp 50″ or over
- 10% discount on all repairs!
You must have your Truckies Club card available at point of sale and these deals cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal or discount. Not a member yet???? – head to www.truckiesclub.com.au and become a member today before you give our mates at Rocklea Canvas a call!
Article edited by M. Dewitt
TSAA are very excited to welcome back Torquepower as partners! The experts in all things Cummins!
Founded in August, 1978 – Ken Roberts’ mission was to support the independent owner operators whose market presence was not big enough to always guarantee attention from the equipment manufacturers themselves, something he can proudly say he has accomplished! Today Torquepower is still family owned with a most loyal and satisfied customer base and they boasts one of the largest alternative inventory of genuine Cummins parts In Australia.
Once an Authorised Cummins Dealership for 30 years, they wanted to enable greater flexibility for themselves and their customers and since cutting those formal ties with the OEM, the result has been a tremendous upsurge in business activity.
Torquepower today employs around 20 valued and long term staff members with hundreds of years experience between them. They pride themselves on making sure their customers never get the big business run around. Torqueower customers also have access to 24/7 support, an online store at their fingertips, and the largest range of parts ready to go.
So if you have a query, need a service, parts or anything to do with your Cummins engine, give the experts a call on 07 3277 8277 or email to email@example.com. There wont be much this team can’t help you with!
‘Truckies Club’ Members will enjoy Fleet discounts on all spare parts purchased through Parts and Service! Thats anywhere from 5 -15% discount! To become a member head to www.truckiesclub.com.au.
Looking for a way to pimp your ride with affordable truck parts, products, and accessories?
Truckers Toy Store is the place to go!
TSAA welcome Truckers Toy Store on board as our newest partners!
SO who are they?? Truckers Toy Store is Australia’s leading manufacturer and distributor of chrome, gold, and stainless steel truck accessories. They have been in business for over 15 years and stock a wide range of interior and exterior parts and items for all make and model trucks including European. They stock
- Sun visors, bug deflectors, LED lights, exhaust shrouds, headlight panels, air cleaner covers, truck antennaes, truck cleaning products, and a whole lot more!
- Novelty items like chrome accessories, hood ornaments, stickers, decals and flags, mini truck speakers, and more!
- Australia’s principal distributor of LED vehicle lights and globes.
- All Chrome Shop products are manufactured under licence and come with a lifetime guarantee.
- 100% Australian owned.
- Products are delivered swiftly worldwide and our lifetime guarantee sets us apart from all competitors.
Wholly Australian-owned and operated company with convenient store locations in Melbourne and Sydney and the option to order online also! Offering all our Truckies Club members a 15% discount (excluding Wicked Products) they even give FREE freight to all orders over $200! TSAA members must quote TSAA15 on producing your membership card in store or ordering online. For more info, give the girls a call on 1300 165 244 or head to their website www.truckerstoystore.com.au
Truckies Club members looking for that one stop shop for all Finance needs can look now more!! Torque Money are the team you need!
With a business foundation of repeat clients and referral customers, Ryan and his team have built a successful business helping many drivers become owner drivers and fleet operators!
With business expectations of offering exceptional integrity; reliability, personalised customer support, and enabling clients to connect with passionate individuals who know finance and can easily narrow down the right option for you faster.
Whether you are looking at a vehicle loan or need financing for business equipment, you can rest assured that Torque Money puts your interest and well being first. Top finance solutions from a large panel of lenders, personal or business, as well as quick approval systems set us apart from our competition.
Through their national network, they have access most lenders, to provide their customers with a range of options for vehicle, truck, trailer & equipment finance.
At TORQUE MONEY we have an extensive understanding of the finance industry – so we can serve you better. If you are looking for that dream car or a work horse or equipment to get started with your business and need the best deal on finance, why not give them a call?
BUT WAIT – THERES MORE!! How does a $500 fuel voucher sound?? Truckies Club members who have a new settled business loan over $20 000, will receive a $500 voucher for fuel! So, if your looking to jump into your own business, give Ryan and the Torque Money team a call today! They will help you make your dreams a reality!
We’re very pleased to welcome Briskair as partners again this year with a fabulous offer of a FREE service on your Veisa system when purchased and installed by the Briskair Team!
The Premier Auto Air Conditioning providers for our industry, the Briskair team, lead by Managing Director Chris Liddlelow, has been keeping our industry cool since 1996! Not only do they design Air Conditioning units, they also manufacturer and install them.
Priding themselves on offering superior products and after sales service to their customers, Briskair has become a well known brand in the trucking/mining world. Backed by 15+ tradespeople with over 120 years experience between them, there isn’t anything they don’t know when it comes to keeping you cool!
So if you’re in the market for a new Air con, cooling system or even an automated lubrication system, give them a holler! They can help you out anywhere in Australia.
They say the world is your oyster and what better way to remind you daily, than to have your own PearlCraft steering wheel, dash, gearknob or the whole lot!!
TSAA are excited to announce PearlCraft joining our Partners list and offering our ‘Truckies Club’ members a 10% discount along with a free Cap or T-shirt with every order!
Continuing a 70 year old tradition that began in Australia just after WW2, PearlCraft take a lot of pride in playing a small but important part in their customers restoration projects or adding that special piece to their pride and joy! Circa 1940’s, the time honoured tradition of yesteryear continues today thanks to Pat and Sam who took the business over 4 years ago. Together they have vowed to continue the well guarded secret process and today they are the only pearlisers left in the world!
The process requires your wheel to be sent to them and they we will transform it into something beautiful, with pearl and marble finishes being their speciality. They are not re-casters! All work is done as it was in a bygone era, totally and progressively by hand. Only hard surfaced wheels, ie bakelite plastic or wood, can be plasticised/encapsulated using their materials. Unfortunately soft or spongy wheels cannot plasticise. The process takes around 4 weeks to complete and come in any colour you choose. Yes they can also colour match as required too! All chrome/nickel work and polishing of alloy parts is outsourced. Pat and Sam also offer a special change over service for the trucking industry along with being able supplying smart wheels for any vehicle also.
The product itself is very durable and, when looked after well, has been known to still be looking the goods 20 years later. The material used is about 1mm thicker than normal paint and approximately 6 clear coats completes the process giving them that amazing gloss look. Pat and Sam stand behind the product they produce so if there are any issues, customers just need to call and they can speak directly to the them.
You can contact the PearlCraft team on 0457 766 096 or via their website: www.pearlcraft.com.au Don’t forget to sign up for your ‘Truckies Club” card so you can take advantage of that special Members Deal great deal.
TSAA and Shift Training – Offering you a better standard of training at a better price!
TSAA is excited to be able to help promote our new partners Xpress Design! Talinka and her team have been the brains behind all Trucking Support Agencies designs, from our logo to our ‘new look’ corporate partners Facebook ads. With an amazing ability to know exactly what you need, the first time around, Xpress Designs are creative, fast and will be the driving force behind your marketing plan!
They can also help you out with all sorts of Marketing & communication materials. Branding, logos, stationery, brochures, menus, signage, reports & advertising, custom party decorations and much more. Offering all TSAA members a 20% Discount on Logo and flyer designs, just give them a call and they can help you be the presence you need to be in your market!!
Xpress Design – Expressive graphic design to support your business no matter your budget!
TSAA welcome TTS – Toowoomba Truck Spares on board as our newest partners offering a fabulous discount of 10% off all stocked genuine Western Star parts! TTS have over 6000 items in stock with a range of parts covering all makes and models of Trucks and Trailers, including, but not limited to:
- A wide range of Prime Mover spare parts and accessories are in stock. They have parts for all makes and models of Prime Movers.
- Dolly spare parts. Whether you’re in need of repairs or improvements, they have everything you need.
- Trailer spare parts. With an understand that your rig is your livelihood, the wide range of trailer parts will get you moving again.
Stocking brands like Hendrickson, Lucidity, Timken along with Genuine Western Star spare parts in stock and many many more, the Toowoomba branch services the whole of Southern Queensland, Brisbane and beyond. They are happy to freight any part to anywhere in the country to help you get back on the road quicker! PLUS they have an after-hours spare parts hotline!!
Hotline number: 0438 331 336. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 4633 1336
With Queensland’s largest range of quality tyres available, we are pleased to announce Panda Tyres and Mechanical are offering our members FREE FITTINGS with every new set of 8 drive tyres purchased, saving our members up to $200!
Panda Tyre and Mechanical is a family run business conveniently located on the highway at Ipswich Rd, Rocklea. Striving to accommodate your needs, with undercover driveway access for B-Doubles, they also offer you a lifetime of experience so you get the right fit for your truck, trailer, forklift or earthmover! Backing that experience up with a customer satisfaction guarantee.
Getting value for money in the truck tyre industry is hard at the moment. The market is saturated with quick buck operators selling truck tyres with no industry knowledge. This led Panda Tyres to develop the concept of incorporating a truck mechanical service and truck alignment (Tow and Go) into the existing tyre business. Panda also offer
- Mobile field service units for truck and earth mover
- 24/7 after hours road assist
- All truck tyre & mechanical services
- Large range of Forklift, Agricultural and Industrial tyres
The Panda Tyre Company is about getting the right tyre on the right equipment in order to provide safety and comfort to the driver. They can recommend the best solution from a cost per kilometre perspective. Tailoring tyres in order to maximise the cost efficiencies in relation to irregular wear, vehicle handling and the type of roads the vehicle will travel upon does pay off.
“We have realised from experience, be it the mining industry or the truck industry, that every vehicle has a different signature, application, horsepower and transmission design. All vehicles vary and therefore have an individual tyre requirement”
For your next set of drive tyres call Panda on 07 3277 2996! The Panda team are always happy to help support our industry, our drivers and theirs families!
We welcome on board Pacific Petroleum and thank them for helping support our industry, our drivers and our families!
Pacific Petroleum are proudly and wholly an Australian owned business. From humble beginnings back in ’69’ Ivan Hollows was an Esso distributor in Wandoan, Queensland.. Within five years Ivan had gained distributorships in Ashgrove, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Lismore. When Mobil bought Esso’s retail network in 1990, it led to the formation of the new company ‘Pacific Petroleum’ owned 50/50 by Hollows and Mobile Oil Australia. By 2005, after the global merger of Mobil and Exxon, Hollows family purchased Mobil’s share and gained full ownership of the company.. From here Pacific expanded its offerings and became an authorised importer & distributor of Phillips 66. 2013 marked the addition of Shell lubricants, and the company’s expansion to Mackay and Toowoomba. Expansion continued to Newcastle in 2014 and Melbourne in 2015. This growth can be attributed to their vision and commitment to meeting their customer requirements by the timely supply of quality products and services, provided through safe working conditions and sound commercial practices.
With sites across the country, Pacific Petroleum now offer TSAA Members exclusive discounts on diesel. For full details , please call Kylie on 0410 474 768.
Trucking Support Agency welcomes ‘The River Group’ as our newest partners in crime in offering our truck drivers great deals!!
Previously known as Coomera River Smash Repairs under the directorship of Russ Hill, they quickly earned a reputation for quality and integrity in the heavy vehicle community. At an early stage, Russ set about promoting his repair shop to the commercial and heavy vehicle segment and consistently delivered a level of service that ensured his name was associated only with the very best fleets and brand marques.
In mid 2008, the business expanded into new premises at Arundel and the company quickly became an icon for the panel and paint industry on the Gold Coast. This was followed by the expansion to Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Over the next few years The River Group name became recognised and respected by all associated with it – vehicle owners, dealers and insurers alike, as the first choice for reliable quality paint and panel services.
The River Group is now a well established name in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and the Gold Coast, known as a market leader for all brands of commercial and fleet vehicles. Recognised by Queensland Transport and Main Roads, they hold an Authorised Inspection Station licence, based on staff qualifications and TMR’s vigorous testing criteria. More recently The River Group won The Paint & Panel Most Innovative Repairer Award 2014.
All TSAA members will receive a 1/2 Price Full exterior Buff and Polish at all branches with any repair or refinish. That’s a savings of up to $700 for some vehicles! For Service, Expertise and Experience, call The River Group on 1300 853 177 (state-wide)
We welcome on board David’s team from ‘My Mechanic Mate’ up in Townsville!! The Mechanic you can trust!! They specialise in engines, oils, brakes, wheels and even air cons, for everything from cars to heavy vehicles.
An “approved inspection station” and certified HVRAS from the Queensland Government, along with ARC (Australian Refrigeration Coucil) approved. A member of The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) and Club Evolution, which means they can offer you 6 Months roadside assist FREE, “My Mechanic Mate’ has all your bases covered.
Understanding that safety in our vehicles means safety for our families, along with an awareness of our environment and for your hip pocket, david and his team can take care of all your needs. Give them a call today on 1300 00 MATE!! We thank David, Jade and the team for supporting our industry, our drivers and our families!
Shoebox Bookkeeping, established in 2007, was designed specifically with Sole Traders, Tradies and Small Businesses in mind. With a proven system for getting you, or keeping your books up to date, packages start from as little as $80 plus GST per month
Robyn of Shoebox Bookkeeping Brisbane North East is committed to helping take the hassle out of it for you! Providing you with your own “Shoebox” and their simplified filing system, all you’ll need to do is remember to fill your shoebox! Once a month or quarter, Robyn will collect your shoebox and deliver everything back to you ready for the next quarter. How simple and UN-stress-full can that be??
Whether you are behind (months or even years) Robyn will get you up to date AND keep you here! Plus with experience in MYOB, QuickBooks and Xero she can also help with BAS, payroll, fuel credits and superannuation making sure you are ATO compliant.
Robyn is offering our members a 10% discount on any monthly package that suits you! Shoebox Bookkeeping has Franchises in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Toowoomba, Sydney, Gold Coast and Western Australia! Though there’s only one place for great discounts for our Truckies!
Specialising in big rigs, we welcome the team at The Fixer Windscreens! Offering our members a whooping 15% saving their primary purposeis to get you moving quickly, safely and stress-free, The Fixer team stays focused on what most important, YOU! Their vision of providing the highest quality, and most reliable auto glazing services to the retail and transport industries, backed by their core beliefs and values, sets this company apart from the many others. Whether you have one truck or a fleet, downtime cost you MONEY!! The Fixer Team promise to get you back out on the track faster. Their mobile service means they come to you to repair or replace your windscreen whether it be your car, 4WD, van or truck. Covering all of Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounding suburbs. SOS The Fixer ASAP!!Be sure to tell them thanks for supporting our Industry, Our Drivers and our Families!