dear drivers of rof,
please help me with something. I have been driving over thirty years with never an accident (touch wood) so i consider myself a reasonably safe driver. Although i was fined for speeding recently, 46 in a 40 zone on motorway restricted speed.
Anyway. I am developing a real phobia about lorries. I drive nearly 1000 miles a month almost all on motorway, half of which is a v long stretch in restricted 50mph zone, 8 junctions each direction. I mostly drive to care for old ladies.
1. I keep getting lorries tailgating, flashing lights, beeping, it is v intimidating. This happened again today, i was in middle lane doing 50 , slow lane was nose to tail big lorries and unwilling to speed into outside lane in restricted speed area. I just had to put up with it. Far too scared to slow down, I imagined the lorry’s momentum would be catastrophic, they need massive breaking distance.
2. Both return journeys from the oldsters require me to join a full dual carriageway, full of lorries it seems, after a tight curving slip lane which culminates in only about 100m of straight before joining the carriageway. So you slow on the curve, then only see the lorries bearing down in your wing mirror with about 100 m to spare. I have messed up twice, yesterday I thought there was plenty of time but the lorry neither changed lane nor slowed and we ended up zig zagging at speed. So today in similar situ I actually came to a halt then had to join traffic doing 70 from a standing start. Also less than ideal.
i am really messing up here and getting into a stew.
what should I be doing in these situations?