Driving in harmony with lorry drivers
If you drive, you've probably witnessed at least one impatient driver riskily overtaking a lorry on the roads.
But what we often forget is that lorry drivers are just doing their job. And, let's be honest, we often don't think about the impact the size and weight has on their ability to speed up or slow down.
Following on from the Road Haulage Association's National Lorry Week last month, here are five tips to ensure you share the road safely with larger vehicles:
Steer clear of the blind spots
As drivers, you'll already be aware of blind spots and the dangers they can bring on the road. Now, try to imagine what it's like being in the cab of a lorry. Lorries are known for their blind spots, so make sure you avoid them.
Considering lorry blind spots is not just for drivers, it's something other road users should think about too, a third of collisions between cyclists and lorries occur at a left turn.
Bear in mind that, when passing a lorry, you're moving directly into a blind spot. Be cautious when you pass a lorry, but don't hesitate.
If you're moving in front of a lorry on the motorway, wait until you can see the entire cab in your rear view mirror before you pull into the lane. This will make sure the lorry driver can see you, and that the braking distance in between is big enough.
Did you know?
- 6,092 accidents were reported to the police that involved a HGV in 2013
- 468,900 heavy goods vehicles were licensed on UK roads in 2013
- 111,000 of these HGVs were articulated vehicles.
Source: Road freight economic, environmental and safety statistics — gov.uk
Indicate in advance
Due to their size and weight, lorries take longer to slow down and stop. Make sure you give a lorry driver enough time to react by indicating at least 3 seconds before moving.
Give them space
Just as you would with a bus, leave space for a lorry turning right, and don't be tempted to sneak into the space.
Tyre blowouts are common occurrences for lorry drivers on motorways and accidents can happen in a split second, so err on the side of caution and anticipate mishaps.
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