Driving over the UK’s roads takes concentration and care as the traffic can become hectic. The size of your vehicle can be intimidating to other drivers. Therefore, you need to allow plenty of space to other motorists. Using this precaution is especially important when dealing with cyclists, motorcyclists, or the elderly (who may not see approaching vehicles because of poor hearing or vision).
Other drivers also may not realise that your truck needs additional space when manoeuvring. Therefore, be especially careful of drivers who pull next to you or move into your blind spot when you are executing a turn.
You also must be alert when driving with a stream of traffic. Always check the vehicles behind you, at your side, and ahead of you. Keep a safe distance of separation between you and the vehicle ahead. Anticipating any problems will help you in slowing down in the needed time. If carrying dangerous goods make sure you get the right help.
Determining the Stopping Distance
The stopping distance you use depends on varying factors, including:
- The condition of the road
- The weather
- Your travel speed
- The status of your tyres and brakes
- The weight of your truck as larger vehicles have a longer stopping time
Slowing and Stopping When You Break Down
Slowing down and stopping if you have a truck break down in Hemel Hempstead means that you have to allow for a more extended amount of time for stopping. In the right conditions, you need to leave at least a gap of two seconds between you and the vehicle ahead.
Additional space is also advised during bad weather. During icy conditions, for example, your stopping distance should be significantly longer, as much as ten times more than a regular stop. In bad weather conditions, it can be difficult to see motorists and the wind, in some instances, can veer drivers off the regular course.
Using Your Indicators
If you have to stop in case of a breakdown or because of the weather, you also need to make sure that you use your indicators in just the right amount of time. Use your indicators to warn drivers of what you are doing. However, do not turn on the lights on too early as you could confuse them. Make sure that you cancel the indicators if you turn to show that you have made the turn.
Using Your Horn
Never use your horn when you are not moving. The horn should only be used to alert other drivers of your presence. Unless another vehicle is placing you in danger while you are stationary, you should just use your horn when you are moving. Do not use your horn either if you are driving in a congested area between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. Instead, flash your headlamps.
Switching on Your Hazard Warning Lights
Always use hazard warning lights if you are broken down or if you have to slow down on a dual carriageway or motorway because of a hazard. If you do have to slow down, only switch on the lights long enough to alert the drivers behind you.