An educational road safety DVD highlighting the risks Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) pose to pedestrians and other road users has been produced by South Lanarkshire Council.
The DVD supports the launch of the UN’s ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020’. In the DVD an HGV driver speaks about the challenges they face with regards to the width and length of the vehicle, side winds, stopping distances, weather conditions, reversing sounds, manoeuvres, ‘blind spots’ and tail lifts.
It gives a ‘drivers eye view’ of life behind the wheel of an HGV, giving a sense of the visibility problems the driver can encounter due to the design of the vehicles.
John Murray, chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s road safety forum, said: “The DVD provides the opportunity to see things from an HGV driver’s perspective and helps us to appreciate the dimensions of these vehicles.”
The DVD is a collaborative effort from South Lanarkshire Council’s road safety section, Strathclyde Police, Norbert Dentressangle and Argos.