Regional Roads Victoria Western Regional Director Mal Kersting said road users were likely to see an increase in the number of heavy vehicles on the roads over the coming months.

“Western Victoria is home to a busy and diverse agricultural sector, and during harvest season, we’re urging road users to remain alert and share the roads responsibly with heavy vehicles,” Mr Kersting said. 

“Whether it’s farmers driving heavy machinery on the roads to access their properties or trucks transporting grain to storage facilities, other road users cannot afford to be complacent this harvest season. 

“Ensure it’s safe to overtake large vehicles, remain patient and make sure you’re aware of the blind spots associated with larger vehicles. 

“Road safety is the responsibility of all road users, and we want everyone travelling on our network to make it home safely.” 

Mr Kersting also urged those driving heavy vehicles to ensure that they were adequately rested before getting behind the wheel. 

“Fatigue is one of the biggest causes of trauma on Victoria’s roads,” Mr Kersting said. 

“We know that during harvest season, farmers do sometimes need to work longer hours. What we’re asking is that before anyone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they take a moment to assess if they feel suitably alert to drive. 

“If you feel that you’re too tired to drive, either swap with another licenced driver, or take 15 minutes to have a power nap. 

“It could be the difference between making it home safely or not.”