Scania Tipper Crushes Children

On Monday 9 February a large goods vehicle ploughed into school children leaving a school in Bath.  First reports indicate that the driver had lost control and was sounding his horn.

Picture from BBC News

This brings to mind a potential problem I had when driving a large goods vehicle.

It was a long journey and I was not familiar with that particular vehicle.  After a couple of hours driving I began to get cramp in one of my legs.  Rather than pulling up on the hard shoulder and adjusting the seat I pulled the seat height adjuster which raised the seat. Unfortunately the seat rose abruptly and the ergonomics made it difficult to lower the seat again.  I was now too high to reach the brake pedal.  No doubt other drivers of trucks with seats controlled by compressed air will be familiar with the problem.  Fortunately the traffic progressed smoothly and I eventually sorted out my rooky error.