Then its more than likley that the caravan swerved in front of the HGV.
You appear to undersand little of driving, despite having driven an HGV
at far too close distances to other traffic for many years.
Have you actually TOWED a caravan, at 10mph over the speed limit for a
As the punter you described was doing.
I've seen it time and time again. They will start oscillating with
nothing more than a gust of wind.
Ive even had te same thing happened with a highly loaded land rover. It
was simply unsafe to drive at over 55mph, although well within load
limits, because any slight swerve would get amplifed by the weight in
Point is, the rabbit should not have sprung out in the road, and you
should not have been tailgating to the extent that another driver taking
the space putss you immediately into a compromised position.
You should be disqualified.
If a caravan starts and does not stop violently swaying - it's going too
fast, or the driver is not able to cope with it.
A gust of wind could as easily have started it swaying.
Caravans at speed are unstable.
Quite bloody right. To blame the XR3 is beyond ridiculous. If such a small
thing caused a crash, the caravan must have been *right* on the limit and
therefore should have been locked up before he could cause such an accident.
Pity he didn't take Jerry off the road with him ..
Dammiu, I am almost that old, and believe me I already accept that my
reflexes are not what they used to be. I hope I will have the humilty to
accept that when I am no longer fit to dricve, I will stop.
I wish the "looks about 900 years old" I passed today had done the same. 25
mph on a fairly straight derestricted country road. I seem to recall you
used to get booked for holding up the traffic in the old days.
Also if the gust of wind from an XR3 overtaking could cause the caravan to
swerve, surely the first car coming the other way, or even the backdraught
from a fixed hard object like a bridge, would have had it off anyway.
And have you noticed how the lorry drivers love to hassle caravan drivers on
the M1 until one blows over ? I bet Jerry joins in.
I've always wondered exactly when the 30, 40 & 50 limits were set. 30 ish
years ago I learned to drive in a car which had 4 small drum brakes.
The car I drive now has all round, servo assisted disc brakes with ABS and
Electronic Stability Control. Speed limits are the same.
The 'thinking distance' in the Highway Code should probably stay the same,
but the stopping distance of a modern car is much, much shorter.
I know the 70 limit was a fuel saving measure, but when were the other
With cross ply tyres and no servo assist either probably!
The highway code still has the stopping distance for a car shown as
being over 300 feet:
That might be about right for an artic or something with low breaking
efficiency, but is daft for even a basic modern car.
The adoption of LED break light clusters could even reduce thinking
distance a little - they can gain another car length reduction at 70.
> but the stopping distance of a modern car is much, much shorter.
Most cars will do well under 200' these days. A performance car can be
They were phased in over time - they started with 30 and unrestricted.
Then added 40 I think. 50 came later. 80mph on motorways was introduced
in the sixties and reduced to 70 as a temporary measure in the fuel
crisis of the seventies.
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