Bus and HGV drivers: How do you manage it?
Once you’re used to them big vehicles have their advantages – although there are some massive blind spots commercial vehicles have much better mirrors for seeing where you are in relation to close objects – its easier moving big vehicles around in small spaces because you can see your own rear wheels and the curbs in the mirrors. In cars you have a better view of the wider world but less of an idea of whats within a few inches.Posted 4 years agomartymacSubscriber
+1 training and practice.Posted 4 years ago
6 years town service on the buses was enough for me, i only do private hire and the odd school run now, much easier.
never had a problem with a member of the public, a decent attitude (on my part) seems to go a long way.
have had some brilliant laughs on the bus too tho.
have a few mates who have moved over to trucks, harder driving i reckon but no hassle off someone who has been waiting 5 minutes for a bus.popstarMember
Large vehicle driving is not for everyone. There is some certain routine to adhere too, good mirror work creates 3D bubble which helps integrate into traffic conditions or tight places.
Regular car drivers on other hand, were their very best during their exam driving. After that most detoriate into …Posted 4 years agohh45Member
I always think being a town bus driver must be shockingly tedious and stressful, especially now they are driver only and you have to deal with punters. my bro in law drove a Routemaster in the 1980s (253?) after dropping out of college and loved it. I think wages, perks, cameraderie and customer service were all a bit different then. I would just resent the traffic.Posted 4 years agospooky_b329Member
I find larger vehicles easier, partly as you actually have more to think about than just not clipping your wing mirrors so you don’t get distracted. I’m driving a normal transit at the moment and find it harder to judge gaps than my last one which was a wide luton.
It did take me three attempts to get a HGV through a small roundabout successfully on L plates though, very easy to concentrate on going wide to miss the roundabout itself, and then realise you’ve left it too late and you can’t get over the centre line fast enough on the exit and have no choice but to drag the trailer across the pavement
I think practise and being able to identify at what point something is too tight to attempt is the key…and making the decision to do something the difficult way (when its safe) i.e. need to reverse a trailer, and choosing to do it blind side, because its quiet and its good practise for when you find its the only option.
Oh, you need a few brain cells as well…
That truck was a write-off and is now displayed in the company’s training area 😯Posted 4 years agodibboidMember
I find it easy. (Been artic driver for 11 yrs) it’s something you couldn’t just get behind the wheel and go and expect to be brilliant. But I first started driving them at 17 yrs of age shunting them into the garage as I was a mechanic. So as soon as I put L plates on a car and mastered the clutch I was moving 38 tons (long time ago) of petrol tanker around the yard.
But it’s the same as any trade. You stick with the mentality that there’s always room for improvement and you will always learn. You think you’re the best then you become one of the idiots that can’t drive for toffee. myself. . I’m always learning.
But this question I could ask to a plasterer or a chippy. .. Their answers would be the same.Posted 4 years agoTheGingerOneMember
A lot of them don’t manage it!!
A34 was shut northbound for 12 hours yesterday as a lorry hit a maintenance vehicle at about 4am. About a mile away from that on the A4130 outside Didcot a lorry crashed at about 7:30 which shut that road for a bit. Then about 2pm I believe another lorry ended up in a ditch also on the A4130 between the earlier crash site and the roundabout with the A34. A large part of south oxfordshire was pure bedlam yesterday due to crashes involving lorries.Posted 4 years ago
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