Warning to drivers on roundabouts when sharing space with a lorry
Drivers urged to stay behind and not undertake to give the lorry enough room
A warning is being issued to drivers, asking them to take extra care on roundabouts around lorries/HGVs as they might not be the ones at fault if you have an accident.
HGVs/lorries are somewhat intimidating on the motorways but even more so when you see them on local roads and especially when you’re next to one coming up to a roundabout.
The main issue that lorry drivers have to contend with is visibility of their lorries entire surroundings, making small cars a real risk as they can very easily get lost in blind spots because of the high-riding read position of the driver.
Also, many articulated lorries have steering which isn’t 100% accurate, so there are alignment issues between the front wheels and the rear ones.
As you can imagine, this can be a real problem when it comes to steering round a roundabout, as they aren’t particularly big areas of road space yet the lorries are long, wide and heavy.
Therefore, drivers are being urged to stay behind lorries at roundabouts and not undertake them so they have enough space to get round – by undertaking you run the risk of the lorry drifting into your vehicle and causing an accident.
By simply being patient and giving a lorry extra space allows the driver to be able to move on down the road.
“Visibility can be restricted and no amount of mirrors will allow all of the blind spots to be monitored all of the time,” said head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart Richard Gladman, adding: “By applying some simple rules and sharing the road space, we can make life easier for all of us.”
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