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Avoiding trucks on the road

Carelessly  driven and parked lorries and  trailers  are  a regular feature on Kenyan roads. the   two  forms  of

vehicle play a critical role in trans- porting items from one destination to another. the size of the large lor- ries and trucks more often than not intimidate  drivers of small vehicles. there is no need for panic. However, there are  certain situations where one need to take extra care, even if you are an experienced  driver. the following is what to do when encoun- tering a large truck or trailer in the following situations:

Bad Weather

When  the  road is  wet, large lor- ries and trailers can throw up large amounts of dirty surface water known as  spray. this  dirty spray can cover a windscreen  and create a moment of blindness. In order to counter this, turn your wipers on before overtaking a  large lorry or trailer under this driving conditions.

When overtaking

overtaking a large lorry or trail- er can be especially dangerous. First, it can be difficult  to see past their enormous size in  order to  assess how clear the road ahead is. Pull back from a  large lorry or trailer in order to increase your view past it. remember to look past both the near and offside of the large lorry or trailer before making your move. of course, you will need extra room in order to pass safely. Avoid  over- taking large lorries or trailers when descending  a hill as you may find them picking up speed quickly as gravity kicks in.

At roundabouts

When using a roundabout, a large lorry or trailer may struggle to keep in the correct lane and can therefore infringe on a second lane. to  avoid being squashed, ensure you have enough  room between  you and the large lorry or truck. the  space also ensures that you can safely nego-

tiate to the freed-up  lane after the roundabout.

Making left turns

A large lorry and preferably a trailer may need to pull on to the right side of the road to be able to make a sharp left turn without cutting the corner. Do not attempt an overtake manoeuvre  until the large lorry or trailer has completed the turn, and it is on a straight lane ahead, and away from you by some ten metres.

At low bridges

A large lorry or trailer may need to pull into the middle of the road to  pass under the  bridge without scraping the top. Slow down and be prepared to stop at  a  bridge with height restriction.

Blind spots

Large lorries and trailers have large

blind spots, which can easily hide a smaller vehicle trailing from behind. When driving past such a large lorry or trailer, the golden  rule is that if you cannot see the driver in the off- side mirror, then he/she cannot see you. to  counter this, confirm if the incoming  lane is clear and quickly get into an overtaking  manoeuvre. In a dual carriageway, get into an overtaking manoeuvre on innermost lane. blind spots for large lorries and trucks are worse if they are left hand drive (LHD). Most LHD trucks on our roads are from countries such as Drc  and rwanda. often, a sign on the back of the large truck or trailer, with the initials LHD, will alert you to this fact.the rule here is to engage into  an  overtaking manoeuvre as quickly as you can on the free lane.

these  tips will ensure you are safe on the roads, as you navigate yourself past large trucks and trail- ers, hence reducing  the carnage on our roads. In addition, it will keep you safe.