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Old 09-07-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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Controlling steering overcorrection.

I don't know if this has been mentioned before.
Some of you find yourself constantly correcting your direction when driving down the road because you are overcorrecting when you are steering. This can almost be eliminated by grasping the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 o'clock position with your arms almost but not quite straight. This eliminated the constant steering corrections necessary when driving our coach and is not as uncomfortable as it seems. It also seemed to give me the most control especially in windy or tight driving situations.
Sorry to repeat this if it is common knowledge but I had not seen it mentioned before.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:14 PM   #2
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If you are finding yourself becoming fatigued after only a few hours, you might want to look into a device like Steer-Safe. Those with IFS (independent front suspension) cannot use it.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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You must have a Ford chassis.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:44 PM   #4
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For great steering relief go to the web site of "Safe T Plus" look at the reviews, I agree completely with all of them. I installed the item myself in about an hour, what an amazing difference in handling. Well worth the money.
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:56 PM   #5
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You must have a Ford chassis.
Freightliner support also gives out much the same instructions so it's not just a Ford problem. Actually if you read the post it's the "nut" holding the steering wheel!
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
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I think the Original Poster was talking about how HE was steering and over correcting, not the vehicle itself. I found that I was over steering our Ford chassis so I asked my brother in law, who is an over the road trucker, what I was doing wrong. He asked me "where are you looking when going down the road?" I said that I had read on one of these forums that pick a spot on your windshield and keep it on the centerline. His response...dumb dumb...your trying to drive down a 4 inch line! He then stated to drive with hands at 10 and 2, relax and look A HALF MILE DOWN THE ROAD. Works like a charm!
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I think the Original Poster was talking about how HE was steering and over correcting, not the vehicle itself. I found that I was over steering our Ford chassis so I asked my brother in law, who is an over the road trucker, what I was doing wrong. He asked me "where are you looking when going down the road?" I said that I had read on one of these forums that pick a spot on your windshield and keep it on the centerline. His response...dumb dumb...your trying to drive down a 4 inch line! He then stated to drive with hands at 10 and 2, relax and look A HALF MILE DOWN THE ROAD. Works like a charm!
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:53 PM   #8
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Lostdog has it exactly right. It may not have to be a half mile, but the idea is spot on.
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I agree about the safety plus. Put it in last week in about an hour. Amazing difference!
Thev10 and 2 advice is spot on as well.
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I think the Original Poster was talking about how HE was steering and over correcting, not the vehicle itself. I found that I was over steering our Ford chassis so I asked my brother in law, who is an over the road trucker, what I was doing wrong. He asked me "where are you looking when going down the road?" I said that I had read on one of these forums that pick a spot on your windshield and keep it on the centerline. His response...dumb dumb...your trying to drive down a 4 inch line! He then stated to drive with hands at 10 and 2, relax and look A HALF MILE DOWN THE ROAD. Works like a charm!
DING DING DING!! Give that man a cigar! I heard this years ago and have subscribed to the technique ever since and it works like a charm. Too many folks are so worried about keeping it between the lines and are literally looking ten feet in front of the coach at the right or left line on the highway. If you look a half mile down the road, your eyes naturally stay focused on the center of the road and your coach magically stays centered without even thinking about it. There's also a big fringe benefit to this technique. You actually see whats happening in front of you and have much more time to react to any bad situation in front of you.
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By the way, my ford chassis is the best handling gas platform I've ever driven and yes Ive had gm products. I also think the ford has a plusher ride.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:31 AM   #12
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I consider overcorrecting the steering and keeping it centred in the lane two different issues. I also found that looking as far down the road as possible is the best way to keep it centred, per Lostdog's comments.
Another thing I discovered when driving in tight areas like construction zones where the lanes are narrowed and there is a barrier on one side it is best not to focus on the side you want to stay away from but to focus on the side you want to be closer to. I guess that makes sense but I had to try both methods before I found the correct one.
I found the 10 and 2 driving position very comfortable for long periods of time which I didn't think it would be. Having said that I can drive our coach with one hand when there is no wind and the road is smooth and level, but how many times does that happen.
I'm new to all this but I am slowly getting the hang of it. Now if I could just get over being nervous going into gas stations.
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Another easy way to prevant oversteering ia to put your arm rests down on the captain's seat, firmly plant your elbows on them, and place your hands at either 9 and 3 or 10 and 2, whichever is more comfortable for you. You really can't make big steering wheel movements when driving with only your hands.
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I like to think about this as lowering our standards. LOL. It's easy to get hung up on 2" movements when you are micromanaging the lane position up close. You look down the road a bit and that 2" doesn't seem so important. These things do move around some, and some of that movement simply needs no response from us.
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