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Re: Any Brit truck drivers here .... ? [Re: Pete C] #315855 05/29/10 12:46 pm
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Hi,

just to get back to road safety, I'm a Whitevan man and three time in the last two years I've pulled over wagons on the M6 by pulling ahead and hazarding/slowing, because their trailer brakes were on fire and they never even felt them siezed on. They were always very grateful. I've seen a car being pushed sideways up Boundary Hill on the Eastbound M62, the driver carefully made his way to the hard shoulder before stopping, but it took a quarter of a mile and NO-ONE got out of his way. I've driven in the US and Canada and generally your traffic density is nothing like ours, in this country you NEVER stop on the carriageway because there will be fifty vehicles behind you going too fast/too asleep/too close/too stupid to do anything but pile into you.Every single morning there are accidents at the SAME places involving people who travel that way EVERY DAY, if you break down and manage to make it to the shoulder, get your passengers out and away before someone hits you, even official advice now is that it is too dangerous to change a tyre at roadside for the same reason.
On the subject of the Youtube clip I agree that the video poster should have been taken to task for doing nothing to help the young girl in the car, rather than thinking of his moment of fame. So perhaps this is all a question of general culture rather than HGV/LGV drivers safety consciousness.


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Re: Any Brit truck drivers here .... ? [Re: raf940] #315863 05/29/10 1:40 pm
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I'm sure you've seen these pics of the backhoe being hauled on a flat bed trailer out west.....

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Re: Any Brit truck drivers here .... ? [Re: RF Whatley] #315865 05/29/10 1:53 pm
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One of Rich B's excavators? crazy

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Re: Any Brit truck drivers here .... ? [Re: oilyrag] #315866 05/29/10 1:55 pm
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Reference the video, The film was taken from the back of a car that was turning off the motor way ,thats why the lorry passed the camera, so not filmed by the driver.

The latest TV news I have seen on the subject said that the police had finished their inquiry and agreed that the lorry driver could not see the car from his seat and commended both car and lorry drivers that were involved in the incident for remaining calm,doing all the right things (once the situation had been noticed) and stopping safely on the hard shoulder.

Overtaking the "incident" may of ended with you being involved if the situation had changed as you passed, staying behind and flashing your lights and waving like an idiot may of been the safest way to get the drivers attention.

I had a wheel on a 4 wheel trailer come off on a motorway, the first I knew of the problem was when a lorry pulled out to overtake me and didn't come by but straddled 2 lanes with his hazard lights on, as I pulled onto the hard shoulder the wheel came off and safely rolled to a stop at the crash barrier. The lorry driver had seen it wobbling before it fell off.

The car had come up a slip road and wrongly estimated their speed relative to the lorries and in so doing had cut across the front of the lorry (from the left for all you people who drive on the wrong side of the road!) which pushed the back of the car to the left.

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Re: Any Brit truck drivers here .... ? [Re: Mar1doc] #315908 05/29/10 4:50 pm
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What a fantastic ad for Hyundai diggers, RF!

Strong, or what! I'd never have belived it could penetrate reinforced concrete like that. I'm so incredulous that I'm thinking it could be some sort of set-up!

Did the participants get a free change of underwear?


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