Originally Posted by MercMad
The simple fact is that you DO have to consider the guy behind
You simply cannot assume he will A. See you at all, B. Decide to slow down in time or C. Be physically able to slow down !
Should everyone go by your mentality above of not assuming he will: A. See you at all, B. Decide to slow down in time or C. Be physically able to slow down then of course there would be no accidents at all as nobody would have the courage to drive on the roads at all.
Until I see otherwise, I will assume that the driver in front, behind and beside me is a competent driver. Using this assumption I will drive in a manner which I see fit and feel comfortable in doing.
Not trying to pick on your post entirely here MercMad but the amount of What Ifs? which you put forward amazed me, at any given time while driving you can think of hundreds of what if questions. There is no way to avoid any of them happening either - what if the speeding car goes out of control while you are still in the driving lane and ends up totalling both his and your vehicle? Would it not be better to have overtaken the trucks then?
Everyone will have their own opinion on this, my opinion is that as the OP put it, it would be safe to pull into the overtaking lane, which is what I would do here. Overtake the trucks, slot back into the driving lane and let the speeder go on his merry if slightly delayed way.