I know the law states certain things but after following an empty grain HGV showing 58mph on the GPS. Rattling through the Fens on an A road this afternoon, I am finding getting stuck behind lorries with this sign a little tedious:
Worse still the Tesco and Asda lorries sat at 48mph on GPS, travelling the A1/M leaving huge queues of other HGV's overtaking and causing un-needed hard braking from inattentive drivers and such like.
What really brought this stupidity home to me was a fairly minor accident this afternoon near Beccles, Suffolk:
Asda lorry, those huge streamlined jobbies trundling along the A146 or whatever, a solid 38mph. Queue of cars behind, one light blue Megane weaving in and out to see if they can overtake.
5 cars back I have a perfect view as the Megane darts out to overtake the lorry. Must have been a slow model/ driver as it seems to take ages to do it. I wince as the learner driver fiesta in the opposite direction squirrels under hard braking as the Megane has totally misjudged it leaving the fiesta stationary. The Megane scoots off ignorant to the ensuing chaos in its wake - the stationary fiesta gets a 40mph whack as a VW transporter explodes into it, tyres alight, catches it driver to passenger side on as it tried to steer around into the grass verge. I am still in moving traffic, not able to catch the Meganes number plate and not really be able to assist beyond that, the Megane is lost at the next roundabout.
So, who was to blame here?
Asda for taking the stupid stance of making their lorries slower than a JCB Fastrac?
The Megane driver for the stupid impatience?
The VW Transporter for not looking to see what the car in front is doing?
IF the Asda truck had been going 50mph, would the incident ever have happened?