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Want to see a truck driver act like a jerk?

By Barcham 12 November 2013 91

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Rioter Rik D sent us in this:

People get frustrated when cars do this, let alone a semi-trailer. I like how he indicates at the very end.

if you missed the plate on the trailer, it was: W10632

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alasol 9:52 pm 16 Nov 13

not a semi but a truck and dog. You try to drive one. You should be aware of you’re surroundings and drive with care.

snoopydoc 4:29 pm 14 Nov 13

Um, what the truck did was fine. Why the hell are you intent on overtaking a long, large truck, going into a roundabout?

We need a vaccine for MGIF (Must Get In Front) syndrome, clearly…

rhavinmad 1:03 pm 14 Nov 13

DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE! Enough said.

Innovation 12:58 pm 14 Nov 13

I know it’s all been said but, irrespective of whether the truck was legally allowed to straddle the lanes in and out of the roundabouts, Rik D was a complete tool for attempting to pass it on the first roundabout and again before the form one lane after the second roundabout. Rik D never had a chance of passing that truck given it’s speed and length and, unless the truck had needed to stop at either roundabout, to attempt to pass it was just plain stupid.

I find it amazing how little comprehension drivers have towards things such as maneuverability, buffer zones and stopping distances needed by even slightly larger than normal vehicles. It wouldn’t hurt for some drivers to spend a day in a big rig, as a passenger, as part of their L’s to better understand the risks.

Holden Caulfield 11:56 am 14 Nov 13

tim_c said :

If the Police wanted to fine drivers for straddling lanes in roundabouts, they could start with the drivers in their cars who seem to require both lanes to negotiate roundabouts for which I know you only need one lane to get an oversized coach through….

I don’t get it, how is anyone supposed to nail the racing line without “straddling lanes”?

tim_c 11:03 am 14 Nov 13

Robertson said :

The road-rules are jam-packed full of references to the fact that trucks often need to straddle lanes to make a turn. Pissy little roundabouts that are too tight for articulated vehicles are a prime example for where this comes into play. There is no way a copper will even consider trying to book the driver of a large vehicle that straddles lanes through one of these tight little roundabouts we have here.

If the Police wanted to fine drivers for straddling lanes in roundabouts, they could start with the drivers in their cars who seem to require both lanes to negotiate roundabouts for which I know you only need one lane to get an oversized coach through…. and then there are these tight little roundabouts on major arterial roads – what makes you think the truck driver should be able keep his truck and trailer in one lane if most of the people in their little cars can’t (or aren’t expected to)?

Robertson 5:04 pm 13 Nov 13

dph said :

Robertson said :

dph said :

tim_c said :

EvanJames said :

I dont try to overtake semis on roudabouts for this reason. Technically, I think they CAN keep to their lane, but it’s much easier for them to take it straight. And no one wins a fight with a truck.

It depends on the roundabout – most drivers don’t seem able to get their car through those ridiculous little roundabouts in the video (near Brindabella Park) without using both lanes.

Probably because they’re driving too fast & couldn’t give a toss about other motorists like the truck driver in the video.

Trucks are under no obligation to use lanes through a roundabout. At what point will Canberra’s under-educated motorists start to comprehend this very basic fact of life.

Except that’s not a fact & you’re completely wrong.

Read the road rules.

The road-rules are jam-packed full of references to the fact that trucks often need to straddle lanes to make a turn. Pissy little roundabouts that are too tight for articulated vehicles are a prime example for where this comes into play. There is no way a copper will even consider trying to book the driver of a large vehicle that straddles lanes through one of these tight little roundabouts we have here.

dph 3:55 pm 13 Nov 13

Robertson said :

dph said :

tim_c said :

EvanJames said :

I dont try to overtake semis on roudabouts for this reason. Technically, I think they CAN keep to their lane, but it’s much easier for them to take it straight. And no one wins a fight with a truck.

It depends on the roundabout – most drivers don’t seem able to get their car through those ridiculous little roundabouts in the video (near Brindabella Park) without using both lanes.

Probably because they’re driving too fast & couldn’t give a toss about other motorists like the truck driver in the video.

Trucks are under no obligation to use lanes through a roundabout. At what point will Canberra’s under-educated motorists start to comprehend this very basic fact of life.

Except that’s not a fact & you’re completely wrong.

Read the road rules.

Robertson 2:04 pm 13 Nov 13

dph said :

tim_c said :

EvanJames said :

I dont try to overtake semis on roudabouts for this reason. Technically, I think they CAN keep to their lane, but it’s much easier for them to take it straight. And no one wins a fight with a truck.

It depends on the roundabout – most drivers don’t seem able to get their car through those ridiculous little roundabouts in the video (near Brindabella Park) without using both lanes.

Probably because they’re driving too fast & couldn’t give a toss about other motorists like the truck driver in the video.

Trucks are under no obligation to use lanes through a roundabout. At what point will Canberra’s under-educated motorists start to comprehend this very basic fact of life.

SheepGroper 1:50 pm 13 Nov 13

BimboGeek said :

I’ve always wondered why they put in 2 lane roundabouts on this one lane road. Seems like it just encourages using the roundabout as an impromptu overtaking lane, something lots of people attempt.

Probably to allow people going to the business park to do their left turn in without holding up the people going straight too much. I think the airport designed the road upgrades from the Pialligo intersection to the side of the business park.

dph 1:24 pm 13 Nov 13

tim_c said :

EvanJames said :

I dont try to overtake semis on roudabouts for this reason. Technically, I think they CAN keep to their lane, but it’s much easier for them to take it straight. And no one wins a fight with a truck.

It depends on the roundabout – most drivers don’t seem able to get their car through those ridiculous little roundabouts in the video (near Brindabella Park) without using both lanes.

Probably because they’re driving too fast & couldn’t give a toss about other motorists like the truck driver in the video.

tim_c 1:12 pm 13 Nov 13

EvanJames said :

I dont try to overtake semis on roudabouts for this reason. Technically, I think they CAN keep to their lane, but it’s much easier for them to take it straight. And no one wins a fight with a truck.

It depends on the roundabout – most drivers don’t seem able to get their car through those ridiculous little roundabouts in the video (near Brindabella Park) without using both lanes.

tim_c 1:03 pm 13 Nov 13

* Those large red and orange signs on the back of the truck – they’re there for a reason, and they say “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE”
* Additionally, at a FORM ONE LANE, the vehicle behind must give way to the vehicle in front – the front of the truck is clearly ahead of your vehicle.
* Finally, I’m really surprised that you expected a truck and trailer to use only one lane in those ridiculous little roundabouts near Brindabella Park – most people in their cars seem to need both lanes to negotiate those roundabouts.

what_the 11:34 am 13 Nov 13

TheBusDriver said :

Grail said :

Solidarity said :

Trucks don’t stop like cars do, they can’t.

Volvo Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. The facts disagree with you.

To Grail, and Rik-D I have a better video for you. One which I think explains Rik-D’s intention with this whole thread;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

Arghhh Rick rolled!!!

KB1971 11:01 am 13 Nov 13

Grail said :

Solidarity said :

Trucks don’t stop like cars do, they can’t.

Volvo Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. The facts disagree with you.

Ha, the only facts in that is that Volvo trucks have a collsion avoidance system and that truck was doing 60km/h before it activated.

There is absolutely nothing about the braking efficiency under load, fade, wet conditions, ABS application or stopping distanced as required by the ADRs apliccable to brakes.

Incidentally, there are three braking ADRs for cars, trucks (or heavy vehicles) and motorcycles because their inherant designs are completely different and they are expected to behave differently.

But when it all comes down to it, it doesnt matter how efficient the brakes are; they are still limited by the force of grip between the contact patch of the tyres and the road. This grip factor is always overrun by the kintetic energy of the mass of the vehicle.

TheBusDriver 10:39 am 13 Nov 13

Grail said :

Solidarity said :

Trucks don’t stop like cars do, they can’t.

Volvo Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. The facts disagree with you.

To Grail, and Rik-D I have a better video for you. One which I think explains Rik-D’s intention with this whole thread;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

Holden Caulfield 10:13 am 13 Nov 13

Grail said :

Solidarity said :

Trucks don’t stop like cars do, they can’t.

Volvo Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. The facts disagree with you.

Or not. Looks to me like Volvo trucks stop more effectively than their cars.

TheBusDriver 10:13 am 13 Nov 13

Grail said :

Solidarity said :

Trucks don’t stop like cars do, they can’t.

Volvo Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. The facts disagree with you.

I like this video better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6TRqjjnO58
It beats that unloaded Volvo.

So Rik-D what’s your number plate you brave hero?

Solidarity 10:06 am 13 Nov 13

Grail said :

Solidarity said :

Trucks don’t stop like cars do, they can’t.

Volvo Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. The facts disagree with you.

I hope you don’t drive a car. That is the stupidest retort ever, for so many reasons.

KB1971 9:28 am 13 Nov 13

Grail said :

KB1971 said :

Rigid Truck and Dog Trailer:

http://www.convair.com.au/showroom/2005/Chambers%20Rigid%20&%20Dog_75.jpg

These are recognizable as a dog trailer as there is a set of axles at the front & rear with the front having a pivot point for turning

Rigid Truck and Pig Trailer:

http://modsimulator.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/MAN-Pig-Transporter-Truck.jpg

The pig trailer has the axles in the centre of the load space.

The distinction in handling being that a “dog trailer” will follow you faithfully (like a dog) while the pig trailer …

Hahahaha yes indeed.

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