More bad truck experiences

LETTER

I totally agree with G.R. Watson. I was travelling to Hastings and back recently and on the way was passed on a double yellow line by an empty log truck. On the way back I pulled into a passing bay to allow another vehicle to pass, and neck minit a truck and trailer unit near took me out — I had to slam on my brakes or he would have got me with his trailer.

I could go on and on. These people that make discussions sitting behind office desks need to get out and drive on these roads. Just the roadworks alone is enough justification to have rail reinstated, let alone the safety issue.

I listened to Winston Peters say NZ First is going to open the rail. Yep, that’s it. Thanks Winston.

Rex Holdsworth

I totally agree with G.R. Watson. I was travelling to Hastings and back recently and on the way was passed on a double yellow line by an empty log truck. On the way back I pulled into a passing bay to allow another vehicle to pass, and neck minit a truck and trailer unit near took me out — I had to slam on my brakes or he would have got me with his trailer.

I could go on and on. These people that make discussions sitting behind office desks need to get out and drive on these roads. Just the roadworks alone is enough justification to have rail reinstated, let alone the safety issue.

I listened to Winston Peters say NZ First is going to open the rail. Yep, that’s it. Thanks Winston.

Rex Holdsworth

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Disgruntled driver - 2 days ago
If you are holding up traffic, especially a truck who seems desperate to get past you, your rearview mirror must not have much use.

Phil Hunt, Picton - 2 days ago
Let's get this right. Trucks are allowed a maximum speed of 90km/h. I accept that on parts of a winding, hilly section like Napier-Wairoa-Gisborne, to keep the truck running comfortably, there are times when that might go to just on the 100. An example is where you have a straight piece of road (as in the Whareratas) with a dip in it, to keep the overall flow of all traffic the driver will need to exceed his limit for a very short time. This can apply to cars at times. It's not legal, but it helps to keep all traffic flowing well.
A sensible Highway patrol officer will not 'ping' you for that. It is when drivers are doing excessive speed and other dangerous driving that a ticket is warranted.
When driving, your rearvision mirrors are vital - all the time. I often come up behind a car that appears not to know I am there! Not using their mirrors. Driving is a full-time thing. Commercial drivers are, in the main, very good, but there are cowboys out there, so you have to be alert all the time.
Impatience is the number one problem, followed by lazy drivers. These folk seem to think they can drive by their own rules. Not indicating to make a turn, very common. Running red lights, very common, especially in the larger towns and cities. If you think you are a good driver, ask yourself "did I break any road code rules today?" You may surprise yourself!

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