IT IS a sign of the times that many materials are being moved by truck on the roads.
The loads vary in size and material, from straw to wood to gravel.
I really don’t know how drivers behind the wheel of the larger vehicles do it. You are a miracle. It’s such a responsible job, taking care of everything.
But there’s always one or two who aren’t particularly vigilant. Three cases recently – all on the M50 – set off alarm bells.
One was loose foam/boards falling off a trailer onto the road. Fortunately, the drivers were able to avoid them. Luckily they were only soft materials – imagine a bunch of wooden planks slamming onto the road in front of you.
I know drivers check before leaving, but anything can happen to loosen the load, so motorists need to be vigilant.
The second incident happened behind a huge load of straw, with a blizzard of strands hurtling almost directly onto the windshield.
No physical harm was done, but it was a serious distraction and a real inconvenience until I got over it.
I’m wondering how far this charge had to go because it was constantly shedding, and I could imagine the shackles loosening if there was less charge to hold.
Then there was a small, flat trailer with chippings on board. They should be covered with a net or other suitable support.
It just had to have a couple of them falling off and we would have had a possible chip on the windshield, certainly body damage.
The driver was obviously aware of the dangerous nature of the load and drove quite slowly.
Often relatively insignificant matters contribute to something much more serious. Be careful.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/watch-out-for-any-loose-lorry-loads-they-can-cause-mayhem-on-the-roads-41542763.html Watch out for loose truckloads, they can wreak havoc on the streets