A lifetime on the road

Peter Thompson used to wake up every morning looking forward to driving his truck, but has been left struggling physically and mentally after a crash.

‚ÄčThis week, Road Torque covers the physical and mental consequences of road crashes and how important it is to be aware of different vehicles' blind spots.

Road Torque is a series of videos highlighting key road safety messages. RACT has partnered with the Road Safety Advisory Council and Seven Tasmania to present Road Torque on Monday nights during the 6:00pm news bulletin between 9 July and 6 August.

Peter spent weeks in hospital with serious injuries and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after t-boning a car at 100km per hour in his truck. Peter is yet to return to work.

"It's the aftermath that worries me. Even today, I still don't know whether I'm going to drive again because I'm still not 100% fit," Peter said.

Every vehicle has blind spots, but it is important to exercise greater caution around larger vehicles such as trucks and buses. A common rule of thumb to remember is if you can't see the rear-vision mirrors of the truck or bus, the driver of that vehicle can't see you.

Peter urges all drivers to be aware of their surroundings and everything that is happening around them because inattention can cause serious harm.

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