Originally Posted by Louise
I see. Yet another lorry
driver that never does anything wrong.
Well, I guess it depends on your perspective.
What a cop out! Come on, Nos! In the interests of promoting harmony and better understanding between 'you' and 'us' why not explain?
Biggles, thanks for your support.
One of the things I was thinking of is when lorries tailgate one another in the nearside lane of the motorway when there is a sliproad joining.
So Nos, why do lorry drivers do that?
Yet another lorry driver who's had to pass far more driving tests and more training along with medicals on a regular basis
I've got a better idea than explaining-I'll show you. You're only just down the road from me. Wanna ride?
There are a few good reasons we tailgate when passing a junction.
We need a big gap in front of us to brake in-far more than a car. It takes us a lot longer to slow up. Cars in general will pull into a gap that's way too small then decide they want more room and brake hard leaving us with the anchors on and white faces hoping we can stop in time-or just drive straight out into lane 2 without looking. Close that gap and they can't attempt suicide.
Besides,if there's a vehicle next to us we can't pull out to overtake-and it'll be long gone before you get out. If we slow down it takes forever to get speed up again.
Apart from that... The dashed lines where the sliproad joins the motorway are a give way... It's up to you to look early enough and spot your gap then join smoothly. I rarely have any trouble joining a motorway when towing a loaded 44' trailer (let alone in a car) and that's without anyone moving over to let me out. If you can't do it in a car then your forward planning needs work.
1mph overtakes-condensed version- All HGV limited to 85kmh (apart from Irish/Polish/any other chancers who don't give a shit about the law) but speedos/limiters/tachographs are calibrated to within about 5% therefore the small speed differential. We'd like to be able to overtake faster but we can't. Cruise controls/limiters are set in 1kmh increments but with 5% difference in calibration there will always be some 'creeping' which makes staying a constant safe behind the truck in front difficult over extended periods.
Manually maintaining the gap is a pain-go out in your car and try to drive at EXACTLY 53.6mph behind a truck without either falling back and being overtaken by someone doing 0.5mph more than you or creeping up on them...