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Most of the roads today are chock-a-block with large lorries transporting goods. These whales of the road can often tip the scales in excess of 35-tonnes with the larger behemoths reaching over 45-tonnes.
This huge size obviously affects an HGV’s handling, and most importantly, its braking. In fact, the heavier a vehicle is, the bigger the force is required to slow it down. It’s simply impossible to make brakes that would provide the force needed to stop a 30-tonne monster in the same distance as your daily car.
This is something all motorists have to be mindful of unless we want to become one with the front end of a Mercedes Actros. In fact, it’s easy to forget that lorries have much greater braking distances, and this causes problems on motorways when careless drivers cut lorries off.
And if you weren't aware of the potential dangers, have a look at this clip:
Hopefully, this tweet sent out by online campaigner, Richard Woods will deter the less thoughtful motorists from brake checking and cutting off the six-wheel mammoths. It should also remind truck drivers to be more responsible with their machinery. Many times have I seen lorries dangerously changing lanes on the motorway, following other road users way too closely and breaking the speed limit.
In the replies to the tweet, many people are arguing the case of banning the larger lorries from our roads altogether in favour of a better use of the railways and vans. This wouldn’t just make the roads a safer place, it may also reduce road rage. Studies suggest slow moving vehicles are within the top-five causes of road rage.