The Lights on the Hill convoy leave from Brown and Hurley on the annual memorial drive in memory of truck drivers lost.
The Lights on the Hill convoy leave from Brown and Hurley on the annual memorial drive in memory of truck drivers lost. Kevin Farmer

Truckies pose question how can a semi-trailer be invisible?

TRUCKIES are lighting up in the weeks leading up to Christmas on a campaign to promote awareness of heavy vehicle users on the road.

Information from the Australian Trucking Safety Services and Solutions shows that often people will physically see a truck, but its presence does not actually register, resulting in them moving into the trucks travel path.

This is what the industry calls "The Invisible Truck phenomenon".

Convoy of trucks leave from Withcott for the annual Lights on the Hill memorial service in Gatton. September 2018
Convoy of trucks leave the Lights on the Hill memorial service. Bev Lacey

Northern NSW truck company North Haul - a joint venture between Greensill Bros, Hoffmans Haulage and Brian Smith Timber Transport - have started the "Trucks Light Up December" campaign, which aims to increase awareness of heavy vehicles on the roads by truck drivers turning on their low beam headlights during the day.

A Lights on the Hill flag is seen on a truck in the convoy leaving  from Brown and Hurley on the annual memorial drive from Toowoomba to Gatton in memory of truck drivers lost, Saturday, February 22, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
A Lights on the Hill flag. Kevin Farmer

With increased traffic on the roads and visitors to the region who may be unfamiliar with the roads and areas that surround State Forests, the Christmas period is the perfect time to remind everybody to stay safe on our roads.

White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial 2018
Truck Drivers Memorial. Contributed