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A road train in outback SA by Gayle Beveridge

Many of Australia's remote communities are serviced by road trains. They can be a formidable sight on the roads.

What do you think it would take to pass one of these? How much clear road would you be comfortable with?

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I have been driving 41 years, even I would Not take the risk.
Your talking about the driver of the car being able to see for at least the next 5-6 mins of road totally clear.

That your own car is able to get to a fast-safe-speed-in under 6-7 seconds, and that the road train KNOW's that you are about to overtake.

You must remember he is not going to slow down, so with all those factors at stake?....even I would have to be very very sure I could do it.

A Porsche?
by Finy
LOL....LOL
by jonaj
Once the other side is safe and clear I'd be fine
You need to be confident and competent as a driver on the road. Whether trains or trucks, once you see that its safe go ahead. Its usually when people get flustered and scared that accidents happen.
by Gia
Discover Australia reccommends at least 1 kilometer of clear road to pass one of these. I have passed a few and I would consider that to be a minimum guideline. Fortunately, in the outback where most of these work the road is often visible for great distances.
Wow, that's not something I've ever seen on the roads in Europe! I'm a pretty confident overtaker though, so I reckon I would be able to pass one if I needed to.
i have no idea
Common sense..These trucks are not even twice the length of the b doubles in Adelaide we now have road trains with 2 full size trailers coming to within 15km of the city They transfer their 3rd trailer to another truck a little further out.Just as a side note if you come across one of these on a dirt road you may find he moves to the wrong side of the road this is so you can overtake without having your vision blocked by his dust.
Clear roadway ahead for a considerable distance, confidence in manoeuvre & & one hell of a powerful car!

Usually, this guys' are in the 'outback', & flick on their right blinker when it's safe for you to pass them, as they are not only higher-up than you, but also can see a few miles ahead. When you go to pass, they move over ONLY enough to let you safely pass. Once you do, beep your car horn, in thanks!
Stupidity, unless there is a passing lane.
They are simply too long and not worth risking overtaking unless you can do safely.

farley
As I haven't driven for many, many years, I have no idea what it would take to pass 1 of these road trains, but I did get a lift in 1, with my young daughter, a friend & her young son, from Oodnadatta to Adelaide, S.A. & that was fun, back in Sept 1999 or 2000
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