johncarnie wrote:The point about pulling over on hills again is legitimate - I'd rather have the large vehicle in front of me than up my chuff! Unfortunately for the sake of self-preservation we have to cycle defensively!
johncarnie: from a safety point view it is much more important to keep the lorry behind you, protecting you from vehicles not only coming from behind and not seeing you but also overtaking too closely. A large vehicle will also protect your space from oncoming vehicles. If the road in question involved a left hand bend, it would be vital to move out slightly further to prevent the lorry from overtaking and thus protecting you around the bend. Most van and lorry drivers like Spoonful realise this and will be happy to wait behind and see you safely round - a few seconds of their time may mean a lifetime of yours.
Please can you explain your point of view in much more detail - thank you.