Ques­tion to truck­ies

Big Rigs - - READER CORNER - — Rod Cameron, Seven Hills

I WRITE in re­sponse to the Big Rigs ar­ti­cle “Shar­ing the roads with car­a­vans”.

As a car­a­van­ner I live in a van and and travel on a pen­sion I of­ten “rest” in rest ar­eas and I try to avoid as far as pos­si­ble to re­strict space for trucks.

The point that a “rest” area is for the use of all is fair, and a truck on a dead­line must rest, and can­not sim­ply stop on the side of the road for the re­quired breaks’ but I am on hol­i­day, and can stop at any time.

The fact is that I must also stop and rest as I also be­come fa­tigued.

Is there any “un­writ­ten rules” of rest area eti­quette to al­low both of us to use the ar­eas with­out con­flict?

We need to de­fine “rest” and “camp” as we both need and re­ally should have reg­u­lar breaks.

I live on a pen­sion and my high­est ex­penses are food, fuel and ac­com­mo­da­tion, so I take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to save when I can.

How can I avoid any in­con­ve­nience to truck driv­ers?

I will, when pos­si­ble, slow down and al­low a truck to pass and make the trip easy for the driver.

How else can I avoid up­set­ting heavy ve­hi­cles and con­tinue my “grey no­mad” ex­is­tence?

Let’s all try and co-op­er­ate on the road and make the trip safe and as easy as we can.

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