Honestly speaking, unless they’ve driven an HGV, the average motorist doesn’t know what it’s like to control one. Professional training providers, such as Easy as HGV, make sure to provide thorough and on-going training for HGV drivers. Nevertheless, people will often complain about HGVs. There are a ton of news stories and articles which tend to paint the drivers in a good light, but the challenges faced by an HGV driver is not easy to understand. So, we want to share 5 things that most HGV drivers wish motorists knew.
HGVs Are Difficult to Manoeuvre
While this may seem obvious, the average UK motorist still get impatient when an HGV needs to block traffic for a few minutes to manoeuvre the trailer. We understand the frustration. However, moving an 18-metre vehicle weighing up to 40 tonnes around tight corners with limited visibility is difficult to say the least.
An experienced driver may be able to do it better than a novice, however for all drivers it can take minutes to manoeuvre safely. We just need your trust and some space. Truthfully, we know you want us out of your way, and that’s what we want too.
HGVs Take Longer to Brake Than a Car
Obviously, this is worth taking into account when driving in front of or behind an HGV on the motorway. While you may be able to stop quickly, sometimes within 100 feet, a fully loaded HGV generally needs at least 3 to 5 times that distance.
So, if you’re driving in front of an HGV, not paying attention to the road, an emergency stop may cause serious problems. This has been the cause of many crashes involving HGVs. So, when you see an HGV, make sure you brake in good time. Also be patient when we slow down when approaching roundabouts and intersections.
Our Speed Is Regulated
Have you noticed that some HGVs have a sign on the back saying ‘speed regulated at 70’? That means that the HGV cannot physically go faster than the speed of 70 miles per hour. There are electronic limiters in place, which is why we often sit on the far-left hand motorway lane.
You’d still be amazed by the number of drivers who get frustrated when they follow an HGV. We’re not trying to slow you down or make you late, we honestly can’t go any faster.
We Can’t See as Much as You Think We Can
A lorry or other large vehicle’s size means that the drivers sometimes have a limited field of vision. An HGV driver needs to pay attention and be on the lookout for other drivers and pedestrians at all times.
However, drivers and pedestrians must make sure they can be seen and try to avoid getting in the way of the HGV. They should try to remain within the driver’s field of vision.
The Road is for Everyone
Based on the average driver profile that was compiled in 2007, in the UK, the average professional driver was frustrated by non-commercial drivers who don’t seem to understand the roads belong to everybody.
According to the survey, the average road user did not take care or have patience with HGVs. They have more patience with other types of road users. However, HGV drivers are doing a job, we are not trying to get in people’s way or inconvenience them. By following these tips car drivers and other road users can learn to co-exist with HGV drivers.