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Old 23 December 2006, 17:39   #41
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There are a few good reasons we tailgate
I'm sorry Nos, did I hear you correctly? You're trying to justify tailgating? By 40 tonne vehicles? And just a few posts ago you were lecturing me on the dangers of not leaving enough gap?

And if you're offering Louise some practical advice, I'll turn it down on her behalf... not just because you suggested it in a patronising manner, but because I don't see you presenting any evidence that you're one of the better professional HGV drivers, and I would like to make sure that my little boy has a mother for a long time.

Here's an archive picture of one of your "professional" colleagues endangering my (and others) life in 50mph zone on a motorway...
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Here's an archive picture of one of your "professional" colleagues endangering my (and others) life in 50mph zone on a motorway...
Nice photo - do you have a camera mounted on your rearview or something? Could come in handy I guess.
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Old 23 December 2006, 18:18   #43
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Thats such a good photo looks almost as if your in a traffic jam !!!
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And why are there so many lorries on our roads anyway. They keep saying they are finding it hard to make a living, due to fuel price rises, but there doesn't seem to get any less of them.

I used to check vehicle loads and was suprised to find many HGV's (Around the 7.5 ton mark, so possibly not quite HGV's but big anyway) carrying small parcels that could be carried in a small car. And this wasn't a lot of small parcels but just one !
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And why are there so many lorries on our roads anyway. They keep saying they are finding it hard to make a living, due to fuel price rises, but there doesn't seem to get any less of them.
Your house arrived (in pieces) on a truck.
Your car arrived on a truck.
Your food arrived at the supermarket in a truck.
The fuel that's running the power station that produces the power for you to read this arrived by truck.
The component parts for your entire life has been moved by trucks.

Without them we'll all freeze and starve in the dark.

The reason that it's hard to make a living is because people see transport as an unnecessary cost and everyone is trying to undercut everyone else. With average profits at around 5% it takes very little to send a small/medium size transport company bankrupt.
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Little bit off topic.... but could be related though as we are more used to drive in blizzard with almost zero visability and icy/snowy slippery roads

Picked up some blow off piccies from our morning paper...

Not foggy pictures more like icy roads and nasty winds

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I think it was arriving brick by brick in the trucks I checked.
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I'm sorry Nos, did I hear you correctly? You're trying to justify tailgating? By 40 tonne vehicles? And just a few posts ago you were lecturing me on the dangers of not leaving enough gap?

And if you're offering Louise some practical advice, I'll turn it down on her behalf... not just because you suggested it in a patronising manner, but because I don't see you presenting any evidence that you're one of the better professional HGV drivers, and I would like to make sure that my little boy has a mother for a long time.

Here's an archive picture of one of your "professional" colleagues endangering my (and others) life in 50mph zone on a motorway...
I see. One drives badly so all do it, yeah?(It's a Renault so probably a French driver by the way. Hardly any British companies use new Magnums.)

Taking a picture while driving? My, how good you must feel for being such a selfless road captain. How clever of you not to be looking where you're going when the 50 limit is there to PROTECT THE PEOPLE WORKING ALONGSIDE WHERE YOU'RE DRIVING.

I unfortunately have to work in a world full of clueless self-righteous pratts like you. The majority of the time anything happens I have no choice but the 'least worst' option due to the shortsightedness and lack of any form of clue let alone forward planning of the incompetent muppets driving cars.I don't like being put in that situation but it's a reality of the job.

Closing up a gap is unfortunately one of the 'least worst' options. You've got a fair idea what the truck in front is going to do and a bloody good idea that the car driving along looking at the end of their bonnet who thinks mirrors are for make-up is going to do something unpredictable and stupid.

Toby's right-you'll never understand. You'll continue to be a self-righteous road captain in a car and a danger to all that surround you.

I think Louise can refuse for herself BTW-I'm sure she has a voice of her own-or you can come instead. It might open your eyes a little. What I'd call a near miss you wouldn't even realise had happened...

<edit> Almost</edit>My last word on the subject. It's getting boring failing to educate the suicidal.

I don't have the gall to tell you how to do your job. Don't presume to have the first clue about mine.
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What time of day?
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As for closing the gap.

This happens to everybody. Follow the 2 second rule and you'll have enough space to stop say the authorities. Unfortunately follow the 2 second rule on a UK Motorway and you'll get an idiot pulling in front of you.
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