What do you rate as the worst road in Australia?
TRUCKIE James Finn reckons Ballarto Road at Clyde would be in the running for the worst road in Australia.
“I have touched mirrors with other trucks before,” he said.
“It’s worst when trucks coming the other way get far over in the shoulder then swerve back onto the road and then put you in the rock to avoid them. Happens all the time on this bloody road.”
James was just one of many who shared their thoughts on what was Australia’s worst road to drive on on the Big Rigs Facebook page.
After all, truckies drive all around Australia so who would have better knowledge?
Jason Wynne nominated the Cook Highway in between Cairns and Laura in the wet – “Bog holes are big enough to sink a prime mover above the axles”.
“I had to leave it there until we could get a dozer to scull drag it out three weeks later,” he said.
Steve Camilleri said the South Gippsland Highway from Cranbourne-Bass Highway Interchange needed re-construction and was rough on equipment.
Of course, truckies also complained about the usual suspects – the Bruce Highway and the Newell Highway.
Peter Jenner said both highways were “rough as guts”, didn’t have enough overtaking lanes, had too many tourists that don’t know how to drive, rest bays full of vans and “more deaths than any other roads in Australia”.
“In saying that though there are some rougher roads out there, mainly road train routes.”
Nathan Andrews was of the view that “Australian roads are all crap, except for the dirt roads”.
“Do we really need to explain why? OK the bitumen/concrete roads are just poor in the initial laying and have more patch jobs then the grandmothers patchwork quilt. Dirt roads seem much better as they get maintained with grading more regular.”
It was Queensland roads that were a “joke” to Tracey Wilson.
“I just love the way they fix them, reduce speed, 80km, 60km, rough surface,” she said.
“The government is big on work health and safety, well a road is a truckie’s work place and yet it is unsafe to drive on with the amount of bumps.
“They are happy to bring in Chain of Responsibility, yet they don’t take any responsibility.
“When an accident happens, it’s the driver’s fault.”
WORST ROADS: Of course, the Bruce Highway rated as one of the worst with truckies.