Truckies Tip # 9

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OVERTAKING TRUCKS


Too many drivers take significant risks to save a few minutes on a long trip. People become frustrated at slow trucks on hills and often the speed limit gap between the normal speed limit of 110 and heavy vehicles at 100. The difference usually means cars may pass quite a few trucks, but they will also have plenty of safe opportunities to do so. They can accelerate quickly, as opposed to the slower acceleration of larger vehicles and often limited chances to pass slower traffic.

The practice of trucks flashing the right-hand indicator to help someone get around is now illegal. Some drivers may still not be aware of this, and it would seem many drivers still expect it. Judging by the number of people who appear to wait to be given a flash and having followed the truck for a while will decide almost on the crest or corner that they must get past this truck. Every truck driver has experienced the same thing many times, and the resulting near misses leave one shaking your head in disbelief. A semi-trailer is 19 metres long, and a vehicle showing a “Long Vehicle” sign (mostly B-Doubles) will be 25 to 26 metres long, so you are attempting to pass 9-10 cars at once. Perhaps if that thought prompts one to have sufficient vision of clear road before trying to pass it will be worth remembering.

For safe overtaking:

 1. If you are right up behind the truck you have very little vision, stay back, allowing you to see better.

 2. Be certain you can see enough clear road to pass safely.

 3. Pass quickly but sensibly.

 4. Don’t pull back in until you see both truck headlights in your mirror allowing a safe space.

 5. Maintain your speed, don’t pass and then slow down. A quick flash of your headlights as you move out to overtake is often worthwhile day or night but at night don’t move to high beam until past the trucks mirrors.

To take such a large risk of the lives of all in the car to save a few minutes,

For safe overtaking: [1.] If you are right on the back of the truck you have very little vision, stay back allowing you to see better. [2.] Be sure you can see enough road to pass safely. [3.] Pass quickly but sensibly. [4.] Don’t pull back in until you see both the trucks headlights, this allows a safe space. [5.] Maintain your speed, don’t pass and then slow directly in front of the truck. To take a large risk for a gain of a couple of minutes is unsafe and often unnecessary.

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Comment (2)

  1. I like your tips and respect truck driver already , It may be a good idea to explain your light communication system
    eg double flashing of the high beam lights when the truck has enough room to pull in or flashing to say thank you, or when the truck have Cones out the back that they need help .
    when Teaching my daughter to drive I observed the light communication system and realised that it is a nice way of assisting other drivers, since then I have used that system when I have been driving It makes great sense and gives every driver control of the road, by being respectful and assisting heavy vehicle drivers in this way saves lives.

  2. Agree with you Mark.
    When i have the van on the back and i over take a truck i use the double indicator flash
    1 right 1 left 1 right 1 left as a thank you and most of the time trucks do the same.
    When i being passed by a truck i se the double light flash when they are clear of me so they can pull back in front on me.

    They some times give the double indicator flash

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