© 2012 Braughing Parish Council and Braughing Parochial Church Council
The picture is the A10-A120 roundabout where a foreign lorry driver has clipped the car and pushed it in front of him. There were no personal injuries.
We live on a main route from Harwich to the rest of the county. Countless foreign lorries travel through this area and we should be vigilant when driving around. A lorry driver, with the steering wheel on the left of his vehicle, is disadvantaged when it comes to the view to the off-side, near-side to him.
Many vehicles are fitted with extra mirror systems to help the driver's vision but if a car is alongside the cab, it is virtually invisible to the driver. Therefore he can make a manoeuvre without seeing you - the Side-Swipe. Hundreds of accidents like this take place every year.
Please be vigilant.
1 Check the number plate of the lorry as you approach to see if it is foreign
2 Make sure you can see his face in his mirror, if you can’t see him, then he can’t see you
3 Overtake with care but quickly and safely, don’t just amble past
4 Don’t over or undertake at junctions or roundabouts, this is where most of the accidents occur.