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P LETTER OF THE WEEK

31st July 2008, Page 16
31st July 2008
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The Scania looks the business, is easy to get into and it drives well

1 OPERATE AS an owner-driver using a Scania, which I am generally pleased with.

In your 1,000-point test (CM 29 May), the tester commented on the low windscreen height of the Scania, especially compared with the MAN. I can remember a test on a MAN in CM not so long ago, when the tester said that sitting in the MAN with its high windscreen was like sitting in a greenhouse.

I think he was probably right.

I have never found the comparatively low windscreen top height to be a problem, in fact, it is more the reverse. There are few days when I find it necessary to wear sunglasses while driving. Also, the bottom of the windscreen is lower on the Scania compared to other makes, which coupled with the sloping dash makes forward vision just in front of the vehicle much better than that of other makes — the safety people should be pleased with this.

Other points which make the Scania a good include accessibility — I can climb into my vehicle one handed if needs be; window cleaning — it's far easier on the Scania because it has a folding grille, so you can stand on it rather than hang on the ledge. It also doubles as a sun bench while waiting for a load.

The comment from another driver about the lower bunk is, to be fair, pretty accurate — moving the back wall of the unit back six inches would make a lot of difference.

The final point is appearance. To me, the Scania just looks the business and, if you want a woman's view, (a friend of mine) who knows the lorry is my first love, she says the way the Scania grille curves in reminds her of a man's shoulders, broad at the top and narrowing to the waist! I must endeavour to stay trim! Vernon Hitt Owner-driver Dereham, Norfolk

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