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Truck/ stock photo/ file photo/ generic truck/ highway Kirstin Payne

How can I avoid any inconvenience to truck drivers?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 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.

Rod Cameron,

Seven Hills

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