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A recent crash on a stretch of Heath Road near Dereham, Norfolk has prompted local officials to issue a warning to both car and LGV drivers. They are urging everyone to slow down and use more caution, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes when limited sunlight can make it more difficult to see.

EDP 24 reported that the accident happened at roughly 5.30 in the morning on November 1. Apparently, sleeping residents were jolted awake by the sound of an HGV crashing into several vehicles and tossing them like rag dolls down the road. One resident, who came out of her house to look into the matter, noticed her Dodge Caravan was no longer in the drive but didn’t know where it was. Her neighbour’s vehicle had also been hit and completely destroyed.

Police officials say the accident was the result of the HGV driver operating his vehicle at too high a speed. That particular section of road includes several chicanes, which, according to residents, induce drivers to accelerate quickly out of them. High-speeds have been the cause of numerous accidents on the road in recent years.

Heath Road is set to receive major improvements as part of £300,000 plan designated for area roadways. However, the work is not scheduled to begin for another six months. In the meantime, police and local residents are urging drivers to be as cautious as they possibly can. Caution is necessary to protect both personal property and the lives of children who live in the area.

Highway Safety a Must

While we understand human nature as it relates to driving, there really is no excuse for an LGV travelling so fast as to cause these types of accidents. In fact, part of the LGV theory test needed to earn a license includes proper knowledge of common road safety. LGV drivers should already know enough to slow down on potentially dangerous roads.

Highway safety is an absolute must for anyone behind the wheel of an LGV. Our vehicles are larger, heavier, and much more difficult to stop than the average passenger car. In accident scenarios, they are also capable of exponentially more damage. LGVs need to be treated with the utmost respect by anyone who drives them.

One of our tasks at the HGV Training Centre is to ensure highway safety is a priority among our students. We do our best to instil in each of them a sense of social responsibility along with the knowledge necessary to pass their tests. Without that sense of responsibility, their knowledge does little to address safety concerns.

The HGV Training Centre is proud to be one of the leading providers of commercial driver training in the UK. We offer training classes for LGVs, PCVs, heavy construction equipment, forklifts, horseboxes and horsebox trailers, and even small trailers and personal caravans. If you are in need of any type of driver training then we encourage you to find out what we have to offer.

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