Truck drivers should not follow sat-nav’s alone

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has advised truckers to not just rely on satellite navigation instructions whilst driving on the road, but also pay extra attention to road signs.

The FTA believes that haulage firms should also use sat-nav units purposely designed for commercial vehicles as they have better capability in directing trucks on the road. These units, such as the TomTom GO 7000, enable truckers to avoid narrow roads, low bridges and unsuitable routes.

No matter how good the technology is, it is always the responsibility of the driver to ensure his truck is driven safely on the road, as insisted by James Firth, road policy manager at the FTA: “However impressive the technology, there can be no substitute for common sense.”