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yesterday afternoon approaching a roundabout turning right then left to join slip onto motorway i nearly hit a ford focus.the idiot undertook me.i would just like to remind the good people of this forum the dangers of undertaking a hgv artic.when an artic is turning right the driver cannot see what is happening on the nearside behind because the front of the trailer veers outwards blocking vision.same happens when tuning left you cannot see what is happening on right hand side.also bear in mind the lengh a 45foot trailer plus the unit =53 feet a couple of seconds between life and injury or possible death i hope the latter never happens.

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i mainly drive 7.5 tonners..but do at time take out the 17 tonners..i know what you mean..our job is hard enogh withouts ****s like that.
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Also worthy of note is NOT to hang level with an HGV cab on the motorway..

I travel up + down the M1 most weeks and to add to this problem a lot of the HGV's are now LHD !! Why ?

Poland entering the EU, created a big in flux, as they can now complete UK trunking, only leaving the UK to take a load out & refill their long range tanks with cheap diesal.

UK transport companies cannot compete, as EU drivers have:

Cheap Fuel

Cheap Road Tax

Cheap Insurance

This is seeing a number of UK based transport companies going to the wall.

However UK based companies that run International routes, will purchase Left hookers, as they spend so much time abroad.

My advice is to watch the HGV's approaching speed to the vehicle in front of him. This will give u a big clue as to wether you should pass, hang back or move into the BMW lane..

At night I tend to leave the middle lane alone if I see a que HGV's running up a hill..

Anyhow lesson over - sure you're all good boys
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I remember seeing a TV programme about this. It's a blind spot that occurs when the centre-line of the car is more or less level with the nearside front corner of the cab. The truck driver thinks it's safe to change lanes, and because of the point of impact, actually sends the car into a spin. All that is needed is an extra blind-spot mirror on the truck, but the government refuses to make these compulsory becase, while such accidents are frequent, they're rarely fatal.

The politicians need a kick up the backside when it comes to road safety. These are supposedly intelligent people, but they can't see that there's more to it than regulating speed. And we thought the a***holes were the ones driving the cars.
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I used to drive around for a living and you see all sorts of incidents. I went out on site with a colleague who had a CB in his car and he used to listen out for traffic and stuff from the truckers. Coming back from Bournemouth and all the truckers where laughing about the to$$er in the new BMW. We caught up with the incident after a few miles. He had tried to dive down the outside of an artic using the left lane to turn right on a tight roundabout. The lorry was empty and it managed to mount the passenger side of the Beemer before coming to rest. Completely crushed the rear left side of the car. Apparently witnesses were confident that the trucker was completely exonerated and that the BMW driver was an impatient tw@t. The moral of the tale - don't f&*k wi' trucks!


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