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StefAndDi

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I greatly respect the job done by our heavy goods vehicle drivers and always treat them with consideration. I assist the drivers of large and articulated vehicles who want to pass me, and always 'flash' them when it is safe for them to pull in.
Since we bought our new motorhome there have been several ocassions where passing trucks have pulled in far too early, before I have flashed them in, and sometimes causing me to brake or decelerate.
The problem seems to be that our new motorhome has day running lights. They are large, circular, and emit a very bright light. I think that some truckers check their mirrors as they pass and, seeing the bright white light think that I have flashed my headlights.
As the use of day running lights is not mandatory in this country, and my Mercedes offers the option to disable the feature, that is what I have done.
I would be interested to know if anybody else has had this experience.
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Interesting. If the truckie is worth his salt he should only react to a flashed headlight. Having heads or running lights should not give him the signal that it's safe to pull in. I'm a big believer in having my dipped heads on at all times so I would not be switching off my running lights if it were me.
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Lorry drivers used to be skilled and safe, knights of the road they were called,and they're respected. Sadly there are more and more lorry drivers these days that are anything but that. I have witnessed horrendous driving of lorries both in the UK and Europe. I wouldn't like to put a % on it and I am sure there are very good lorry rivers around but the number of the not so good appears to be expanding. Perhaps you have met a few of those.

I treat all lorries with caution now, particularly those who I can see using their mobile phones as I pass them when overtaking or when they are coming towards me on the opposite side of the road. Its common to be following one that weaves from side to side of the motorway lane they are in and equally common to look in the mirror and see one just a few feet from your back bumper. It has to be said though that usually the culprits are driving non UK registered vehicles.

This isn't a rant against lorry drivers in general, some of whom are very good and professional I am simply speaking of my experiences.
 

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A very good piece of information (y)
Personally mine are low level in the fog light position so they're never mistaken for a headlight.
I do however travel slightly faster than HGV's or at least at the same speed usually

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That's very interesting, as yet I've not experienced the problem but it's worth bearing in mind. Perhaps our daytime lights are that bit smaller than on a Mercedes, but it a worrying thought, a big artic pulling in prematurely could be quite frightening. Our fiat based van hasn't the option to switch off the daytime running lights..

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DRL's are great for their intended use but why do they have to be on at night as well? They should go off when dipped or main beams are in use. The clue is in the description. They are too bright at night
 

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Lorry drivers used to be skilled and safe, knights of the road they were called,and they're respected. Sadly there are more and more lorry drivers these days that are anything but that. I have witnessed horrendous driving of lorries both in the UK and Europe. I wouldn't like to put a % on it and I am sure there are very good lorry rivers around but the number of the not so good appears to be expanding. Perhaps you have met a few of those.

I treat all lorries with caution now, particularly those who I can see using their mobile phones as I pass them when overtaking or when they are coming towards me on the opposite side of the road. Its common to be following one that weaves from side to side of the motorway lane they are in and equally common to look in the mirror and see one just a few feet from your back bumper. It has to be said though that usually the culprits are driving non UK registered vehicles.

This isn't a rant against lorry drivers in general, some of whom are very good and professional I am simply speaking of my experiences.

I've been a wagon driver for the last 28 years and I have to agree with you. Gone are the days when a driver would jump out of his cab and watch you reversing or stop and let you out at a junction. They'd rather film you struggling.
Regarding Stefs post. Any driver worth his salt would make sure he knew he could pull in safely despite being flashed in but like I've already said they are diminishing very quickly.
 
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Thanks all for your contributions.
It did not intend that this should be a thread to knock truckers. The vast majority are a credit to their profession. If we are to criticise the few who fall short of the high standards that we expect then we must admit that sometimes us motorhomers and tuggers are less than perfect.
I simply wanted to let others know that if they think that a trucker has carved them up then there may be some excuse for it.
Stef.

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Mine do and anything else whether retro fitted or not should do (if fitted correctly)

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Gone are the days when a driver would jump out of his cab and watch you reversing or stop and let you out at a junction. They'd rather film you struggling.

A fellow Trukie waved me back as I parked my truck yesterday @ Beaconsfield services (y)

But for the OP unfortunately most of my colleagues are of an ethnic origin noways & thus are not trained to the same high level :whistle:
 
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When I was driving attics, most trucks would 'flash' when you passed, some cars and vans would, but not always. I could judge it to the inch almost, when I was safely past a vehicle.
To pull in, when a light is illuminated or not and force someone to brake, or slow, is plain bad driving and stupidity on the truckers part.
I don't think it's anything to do with your DRL's.

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Hi StephAndDi.
There is NO excuse for pulling in early and all the posts are well balanced. This is JUST an observation and has been made by me,a Megainternationaltruckinsuperstar,(As was LOL !!) When being passed by another lorry as they drew alongside and started to pass,i would be caught up in the dead air zone and my speed would ever so slightly increase,however,self preservation would kick in and i would ease off a little.as one Knight ?? of the road would expect of another,but ,as has been stated,most of us "old ?"(Geriatric !!) Knights of the road have hung their spurs up,so,"Be carefull out there,it's hell on the Hill !! LOL.
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PS. After being overtaken,i would ask Dr. Diesel to "Magic spanner" the pump,his answer was,"It is SMOKING NOW !! if i put any more fuel through,you will block off all three lanes of the motor way.... NO!!! LOL (Prior to MOT days)
 

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They should pull in at the very least a whole truck length after passing or you suddenly have no braking distance. I'm fed up of boy racers speeding past then sitting on my bumper :mad:
 

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A lot of the trucks are driven flat out to the limiter, on some can be 50 mph or up to 56 mph and some have a magic switch to go higher. The ones of less mph take 3 days to pass you and cut in tight , like they are glad it's over. It's the way it is now days.
 
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DRL's are great for their intended use but why do they have to be on at night as well? They should go off when dipped or main beams are in use. The clue is in the description. They are too bright at night

They don't it is illegal. You are probably getting t hem mixed up with HID headlights which many vehicles are now fitted with & are blinding.

DRLs if fitted from new normally dim when sidelights/headlights are switched on, when retro fitted they probably do not dim.
No EU directive specifically states that

"Daytime running lights must be bright enough that they can be seen clearly in daylight and as a result are too bright to be used at night time when they would cause dazzle. Daytime running lights should therefore go off automatically when headlights or sidelights are switched on."

additionally from 2011 they cannot be anything other than standalone.Headlamp-based systems are not allowed after DRLs became mandatory in Europe at the beginning of 2011. LEDs and low-power, high-efficacy, long-life light bulbs must produce appropriate amounts of light for an effective DRL without significantly increasing fuel consumption or emissions.
Retro.fits ,well anybodies guess.:D
 
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They don't it is illegal. You are probably getting t hem mixed up with HID headlights which many vehicles are now fitted with & are blinding.


No EU directive specifically states that

"Daytime running lights must be bright enough that they can be seen clearly in daylight and as a result are too bright to be used at night time when they would cause dazzle. Daytime running lights should therefore go off automatically when headlights or sidelights are switched on."

additionally from 2011 they cannot be anything other than standalone.Headlamp-based systems are not allowed after DRLs became mandatory in Europe at the beginning of 2011. LEDs and low-power, high-efficacy, long-life light bulbs must produce appropriate amounts of light for an effective DRL without significantly increasing fuel consumption or emissions.
Retro.fits ,well anybodies guess.:D

I stated that based on what I had seen , my car uses the led DRLs also as sidelights so they dim when switched to sidelights.

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Ours go off when the headlights are turned on, we don't have a sidelight option, unless parked with the engine off, I guess they are just parking lights.
I never understand people driving on just sidelights in the dark. I know it's ok to do that in a 30mph zone, but anywhere else you need headlights after lighting up time.
And I hate HID lights, they are always too high and blindingly bright.

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Talking of truck drivers...

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No, we weren't on the wrong side of a dual carriage-way, this chappie decided to overtake on our side of the road. I thought that If we were going to be killed at least I could get some evidence. :)

The photo was taken through the front window of our bus on our way to Kathmandu in Nepal last year.

Fantastic country but I don't think that I'd like to drive my MH over there! :rolleyes:

BTW he missed us by about an inch - our driver didn't even flinch!

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I had several trucks pull back in early on me yesterday and I don't have DRL fitted. Interestingly 4 out of 5 trucks I saw yesterday were foreign registered but it was the British o es who carved me up.

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Ours go off when the headlights are turned on, we don't have a sidelight option, unless parked with the engine off, I guess they are just parking lights.
I never understand people driving on just sidelights in the dark. I know it's ok to do that in a 30mph zone, but anywhere else you need headlights after lighting up time.
And I hate HID lights, they are always too high and blindingly bright.

Allan
I disagree. It is NOT ok to drive on 'side lights'/'parking lights' in a 30 mph zone. That's when more people are around, and vehicles need to stand out.
I think it is despicable to drive on 'side lights'/'parking lights' at anytime! It should be made illegal, or impossible!
If it is dark and/or poor visibility, headlights should be used. You will not get an electricity bill for using headlights.
I am often dumfounded at the amount of so called professional drivers, and for that matter, learner drivers that drive in bad weather on 'side lights'.
You have to reach for the damned switch, so why not put on the headlights!
You have the answer, you can not drive yours on 'parking lights'. All vehicles should be like that.
Sorry for the rant, but this is one of my pet hates.

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This bit of info may be of use
I know originally the rules said they should be dimmed of a night time when the headlights are on however it now seems that the rules state extinquished of a night time - presumably to dim to side light is acceptable.
Before anyone feels tempted to turn them off I suggest the point about visibility to others particularly pedestrians is noted




WHY IS THE DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS LAW BEING INTRODUCED?


The answer is simple - these lights improve road safety during daylight hours. The lighting makes cars more visible to pedestrians crossing the road, and to other motorists.

In fact, studies carried out by the European Commission and the Department for Transport have both found that daytime running lights can reduce accidents and casualties during daytime hours.

DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS REGULATIONS

New cars must be fitted with DRLs to comply with the daytime running lights law. However, many drivers have been fitting

them to older cars to take advantage of their benefits. If you're going to do this, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Make sure the lights comply with safety standards
  • ECE R87 so you can be sure they're street legal
  • Only use your DRLs during the day - they will dazzle other drivers at night
  • Most DRLs automatically switch off when headlights are turned on.
  • If yours don't, make sure you manually switch them off when it gets dark
WHY FIT DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS?
Although the daytime running lights law does not require existing car owners to fit DRLs, many drivers are choosing to add them.

Apart from the road safety benefits, the lights look stylish - because they're associated with new, high-tech models,

loads of people are using them as a quick and easy way to upgrade their motors.

As more vehicles appear on the road with DRLs on, older vehicles will be at a disadvantage in terms of visibility.

So it's expected that drivers with older vehicles will choose to add DRLs or will drive with sidelights or dipped headlights on.

The problem with driving with headlights on is that it increases fuel consumption - DRLs are a better option,

as they're normally LED lights that consume less power. Some even have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.
 
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Can I please ask what are the cables marked "turn signal" connected to ?
Thanks Ian
 
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Don't know
No such connection on mine
Oh dear if you don't know what chance is there for a senile retired civil engineer??

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