Grey nomads are being warned about choosing to stay on the cheap in truck rest areas.
A new safety campaign has been launched to help truckies and grey nomads co-exist.
Research has found as a quarter of caravaners sometimes choose to stay in truck rest areas.
A quarter of caravan and Recreational Vehicle users have stayed overnight in truck rest areas, according to research released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia today.
Federal Transport Minister Michael McCormack said the research was part of a new information campaign.
"The co-exist campaign is a road safety initiative of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia designed to inform and educate campers about interacting with trucks safely while on the road," Mr McCormack said.
"It highlights the importance of ensuring our truck drivers can manage their fatigue and legal responsibilities, with a particular focus on truck rest stops and improved communication.
"These are two major groups that use Australian highways so information about sharing roads and rest facilities respectfully is critical to keeping everyone safe."
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said he would encourage all caravaners to visit the co-exist website before they start their trip.
"Jump online, have a read and pass it on to friends because more informed and responsible drivers will contribute to safer roads and less accidents," Mr Buchholz said.
"I urge caravaners to take advantage of the great facilities at camping grounds and caravan parks and give truck drivers the space to stop at roadside rest areas to ensure they have their proper break."
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia's research of 554 caravaners or RV drivers who had used a rest stop in the past year showed: 60 per cent had used a rest stop more than once; More than three-quarters made the decision to use a rest stop when their trip was underway; More than a quarter spent more than nine hours at the rest stop.
Association chief executive Stuart Lamont said all road users had equal responsibility for road safety.
"Caravan and RV users value safety so this information will help them to understand how to share the road with heavy vehicles, particularly in understanding how such a large vehicle behaves," Mr Lamont said.
"Our campaign promotes simple information that can reduce frustration, such as the use of UHFs for improved communication between drivers, maintaining speed and road position when being overtaken.
"When stopping for the night make sure you're aware that truck drivers may need to use the dedicated stops to manage their fatigue hours, so plan your stops and use the appropriate areas to park and not use designated truck parking."
To find out more about the Co-Exist campaign head here.
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