pwa wrote:I am first and foremost a cyclist, but I am also a white van driver. And I am sure that somewhere out there is a keen cyclist who is also a tipper truck driver. Let's not descend into tribalism here. Bad, dangerous use of our roads should be condemned, but we should not lash out at people simply because of their mode of travel. After all, aren't we cyclists victims of that sort of misplaced anger sometimes?
I think you're missing the point. Tipper trucks ARE dangerous, considering they represent a teeny tiny percentage of vehicles the danger they present must be absolutely off the scale!
It's at this point I like to mention 'Grundy's Skip Hire of Widnes' as IMO probably the worst drivers I've ever come across. Whether a 8 wheeler tipper or a run of the mill skip wagon I would reckon around half the overtakes they make required me to make some adjustment to my positioning to stay safe and a percentage of those demand that I do so otherwise I would have been hit.
I've been fortunate to have never been passing a junction as one wanted to turn left because TBH I reckon that's the only reason one hasn't squashed me so far.
Given there's nothing any more or less dangerous about tipper trucks compared to any other sort of trucks one has to assume there's something else going on and unless someone can suggest something else then my money is on the driver and/or the conditions they're driving under.