Driver has lucky escape after lorry takes him out for a spin 0

Blog 2

A car driver had a lucky escape after it was sent spinning across four lanes of a motorway by an HGV.

It was only the quick reactions of other drivers on the M74 near Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, that prevented a pile up.

The incident, captured by Stuart Maclaren on his dash-cam sees the car occupying the slow lane as the lorry pulls alongside. The HGV – clearly oblivious to the cars presence – than attempts to pull into the slow lane and clips the car’s rear sending it into a spin.

Approaching cars manage to avoid the out of control vehicle as it plough across four lanes of traffic.

The clip was posted on Youtube where viewers were quick to comment on the lucky miss.

Viewer Matt Styles said: “First of all mirror, signal manoeuvre! But then why stay alongside the lorry either foot down and undertake him (illegal) or slow down and let him get in front, I hate lorries alongside my offside for this reason.”

Adam Mandy posted: “I used to drive trucks myself. That area next to the door is practically invisible. Yes there is usually a mirror pointing down but in reality it only allows you to see roughly 10 cm beyond the white lines.

“Unfortunately it is classed as the truck driver at fault but I will say car drivers, do not loiter alongside trucks, they cannot see you.”

Jonathan Hill commented: “He didn’t undertake. He joined the carriageway with the lorry alongside. He then had a car in front of him boxing him in. He would have been visible in the mirrors when he first joined, so HGV driver should have been aware of him.

“Unless he didn’t check his mirrors as he went past the junction. Also moved suddenly and without indicating, so nothing car driver could do. HGV fault.”

A spokesperson for SWD Media, who obtained the footage, said: “There is no doubt this would have been a very scary moment for the driver of the truck, but more so for the driver of the car. Thankfully the car never rolled over and landed on its roof especially at speed of at least 55 mph.

“This clip shows it is vital to check mirrors, however it’s important to remember too that trucks do have blind spots and sometimes it’s safer to just drop back and follow, especially if you’re on the inside of them.”

Watch the clip yourself here.

For top quality car servicing at an unbeatable price – book with Servicing Stop today!