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Have some respect for the lorry driver

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I COULDN’T agree more with Tony Kearns’ letter last week.

As a HGV 1 driver for a local company, I have to travel on the two worst roundabouts in Europe for complete disregard of indicating, regularly using the six-lane Milan ring road, as well as other busy junctions in Germany, France and Holland.

But I have to say in St Helens the Asda roundabout and the bottom of North Road and Duke Street are a HGV drivers’ nightmare.

When I’m driving a fully loaded 44-tonne lorry pulling out of North Road you would be surprised how many cars come on from King Street in the left hand lane when wanting to turn on to College Street.

It leaves me having to second guess if they are going to correctly turn up North Road or carry on going round.

This also happens when I come around that roundabout heading for College Street when cars will come round and be in my blind spot (on my inside) as I manoeuvre around the roundabout.

They are totally oblivious to the danger they are putting themselves into.

Maybe a quick half hour on the driving test to give car drivers an appreciation of giving an articulated lorry a little bit of respect on the road would be worthwhile.

R Lloyd (via email)

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1:34pm Thu 20 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

Maybe you could stop driving giant lorries down tiny streets then ? We've all seen plenty of pictures of HGV's trapped in tiny roads because they have blindly followed their sat nav's in the hope of shaving a mile of their journeys.
Maybe you could stop driving giant lorries down tiny streets then ? We've all seen plenty of pictures of HGV's trapped in tiny roads because they have blindly followed their sat nav's in the hope of shaving a mile of their journeys. smith&weston
  • Score: -5

12:36am Sat 22 Mar 14

St Helenser says...

All the roads around the roundabout in question are major roads. Why are you talking about "tiny roads"?

I 100% agree with R Lloyd the way motorists use that roundabout is abysmal, there really is no excuse because there are arrows painted on each lane telling you which way each lane will take you.
All the roads around the roundabout in question are major roads. Why are you talking about "tiny roads"? I 100% agree with R Lloyd the way motorists use that roundabout is abysmal, there really is no excuse because there are arrows painted on each lane telling you which way each lane will take you. St Helenser
  • Score: 5

4:46pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Hughwithaview says...

I agree that driving standards are terrible and motorists not using their indicators makes me so mad. I have to say however, that the amount of "large" vehicles which have pulled out in front of me at roundabouts has been substantial. Who is going to argue with a 40 tonne truck? The drivers know you will just have to suck it up and slam on the breaks. I think we all need to re-evaluate our driving skills and just try to give a bit of consideration to others once in a while
I agree that driving standards are terrible and motorists not using their indicators makes me so mad. I have to say however, that the amount of "large" vehicles which have pulled out in front of me at roundabouts has been substantial. Who is going to argue with a 40 tonne truck? The drivers know you will just have to suck it up and slam on the breaks. I think we all need to re-evaluate our driving skills and just try to give a bit of consideration to others once in a while Hughwithaview
  • Score: 4

12:22pm Sun 23 Mar 14

AiJay1 says...

As a car driver I always have respect for HGVs. However some HGV drivers also need respect for us.
A while back I was coming down the motorway overtaking a HGV, when he suddenly swerved into my lane as he wanted to overtake another vehicle. I literally slammed on and came within about 1m of going under the back of him. Once I passed he put his hand out obviously saying sorry once he decided to check his bloody mirrors but that was nearly too late.

Then on the other hand I always cringe when I see car drivers foolishly entering the HGVs blind spot and going alongside them when they are going around a bend. Most car drivers don't realise that the back end of the lorry wont use the same driving line as the front and they'll just end up getting side swiped.

I definitely agree with some kind of awareness course during driving lessons.
As a car driver I always have respect for HGVs. However some HGV drivers also need respect for us. A while back I was coming down the motorway overtaking a HGV, when he suddenly swerved into my lane as he wanted to overtake another vehicle. I literally slammed on and came within about 1m of going under the back of him. Once I passed he put his hand out obviously saying sorry once he decided to check his bloody mirrors but that was nearly too late. Then on the other hand I always cringe when I see car drivers foolishly entering the HGVs blind spot and going alongside them when they are going around a bend. Most car drivers don't realise that the back end of the lorry wont use the same driving line as the front and they'll just end up getting side swiped. I definitely agree with some kind of awareness course during driving lessons. AiJay1
  • Score: 4

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