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#1 29-01-08 08:25:01

ijmoore
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Out of interest

This is not a dig, just some help with understanding.  Why do HGVs overtaking each other on the motorway (can understand no prob with that) not slow slightly to allow the other vehicle to pass much quicker? 

As this is what cars should do.  I understand that it takes a lot of effort to get HGVs up some hills but even so a quick release of the accelerator (or cruise control) and back would that make much difference?


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#2 29-01-08 08:48:22

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Re: Out of interest

Do you slow down in a centre lane to allow drivers in the lane to your right to re enter your lane when on a motorway?
If every trucker slowed down to allow another trucker to pull in earlier then domino effect may occur and every truck in lane 1 would be slowing down or trying to pass just bercause the lead vehicle slowed down to allow another trucker back in.

As it happens, many truckers DO ease off if they consider it helpful to the flow of traffic and the overtaker.
you might be surprised just how courteous many truckers are to each other. Far more so than car drivers are to each other.

Truckers do tend to read road and traffic conditions to a far higher level than car drivers and many, if not most, are prepared to adjust their speed or position to assist another trucker or commercial driver.


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#3 29-01-08 10:12:15

Zipper
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Re: Out of interest

...Truckers do tend to read road and traffic conditions to a far higher level than car drivers and many, if not most, are prepared to adjust their speed or position to assist another trucker or commercial driver...

Yes, same down here where truckies are actually respected, especially the owner-drivers on the long interstate routes.
Even the employed drivers learn to read the conditions when driving one of our long road trains. They have to or else!
Yesterday I waited at a green light as a train turned right through a red light across my path. It was a petrol tanker, I counted 4 long trailers and 22 axles (total of 86 expensive truck tyres)
No one was upset that they were delayed because they knew the driver, once committed to the turn at a green, had to continue regardless of the lights changing.

Unfortunately there seems to be a "new breed" of younger, more aggressive (and more ignorant) truckies down here.
When I taught heavy vehicles I was told to teach them to be assertive as they didn't have the same "escape options" as car drivers, but not to be aggressive. The latest drivers (and perhaps their trainers) don't seem to realise the distinction.

How about the UK, where your truck drivers have to contend with a traffic density almost unknown down here, are your truckies aggressive or just assertive?


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#4 10-02-08 20:14:31

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Re: Out of interest

How about the UK, where your truck drivers have to contend with a traffic density almost unknown down here, are your truckies aggressive or just assertive?

as an LGV multi-drop driver, I find the "tipper" truck drivers the worst, they tend to be paid by the amount of runs between sites they can squeeze in, I have a 21 tonne LGV sitting reasonably high in the cab, but even I can be intimidated by these "fly by night boys", some have actually placed metal covers on their mirrors so that if in a tight squeeze, they don't slow down, the just play "chicken" and force their way through.

back on topic.......... Dimmy got it just about spot on with his "domino" effect.
although we have a 60mph limit on motorways, most company vehicles are governed/limited to 56mph through the "construction and use" regs, the down side of this is the fact, that most car manufacturers measure their fuel efficiency at 56mph as well, which means the cloth capped eco warriors and general "plonkers" drive at exactley 56mph thinking they are saving a fortune, so its NOT just LGV's passing LGV's at 56 on the motorway that hold things up, it can be ignorant car drivers, who!! when we start to overtake, let us get level, notice us and think "oh, I don't want to be looking at the back of a lorry", and speed up, making US look bad......


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