How to be a respectful HGV Driver

It seems that there has been a decline in recent years, in the respect road users show each other. Despite sharing the same road, it seems that drivers are less respectful to their fellow travellers as they traverse the nation’s highways and byways.

However, everyone can play their part in reversing the fall in standards. Here are some essential skills an HGV driver should bear in mind to make life on the road more pleasant for all of us and set an example for others to follow.

  1. You are the Alpha
    HGVs are giants and cars can be relatively tiny. Car drivers can sometimes feel anxious that they might be hidden in a blind spot when a lorry driver performs a sharp manoeuvre. And when a group of lorries are travelling along the motorway, car drivers can feel that they’re invisible and one step away from an accident.
    That’s why it’s very important to always check what is happening around you and that you use your mirrors. Double check those blind spots and give other road users plenty of room.
  2. Take extra caution when overtaking
    When you’re limited to 50mph, your lack of speed can be frustrating to other drivers who are not able to get past. This is even more annoying when one lorry pulls out to overtake another and then proceeds for several kilometres at the same speed until the vehicle has been overtaken. This causes a two-lane tailback of irritated drivers. The worst-case scenario of this is when a lorry tries to overtake on a hill which causes even more disruption.
    Next time, think about your chances of success before pulling out and overtaking. You might be keen to get to your destination as quickly as possible, but wait until a suitable opportunity to overtake presents itself.
  3. Indicate ahead of time
    A lot of drivers forget that the point of indicators is to signal an intention to act, before you actually do so. It’s meant to give other drivers time to react. Indicators aren’t meant to be switched on at the same time you make a move. If you need to carry out a manoeuvre, always allow a suitable amount of time and space for other drivers to observe what’s happening and to act accordingly.
  4. Be considerate towards less skilled/newly qualified drivers
    You should always presume that other drivers might just do the wrong thing! That wayyou’ll be more vigilant and have a plan B if they do. When dealing with other road users, it’s better to give way rather than to get into an accident. Always be considerate and patient regardless of who’s right or wrong.

Thank you for reading,
The HGV Recruitment Centre

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