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Old 07-21-2015, 06:15 PM   #15
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Professional drivers of big rigs are taught to drive to the center lane. We car drivers always tend to drive to the right line of the road. I teach RV drivers to drive to the center line on the lane, with an imaginary spot posted on the windshield, whether it's a real dot on the windshield (post-it strip or other) or otherwise. This dot is used to sight down the road towards the center of the lane as D_Lindy describes above.

It's imaginary. In reality, use your mirrors to center the coach between the lines going down the road. But psychologically using the spot on the windshield sighting down the road keeps you centered in the road. Don't drive to the right side of the road or you will take out mail boxes.

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Old 07-22-2015, 03:22 PM   #16
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The dot on the windshield is OK, but it's too close, and as stated it can sometimes be thrown off if you're not in your usual position. Lots of people do this, but it shouldn't be your only method of control, or you are not looking far enough down the road.

I recall seeing a product a few years ago that was an adjustable position LED that could be mounted to the windshield. It was exactly the same idea, but designed to also be visible at night.

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One glance to each side and the driver can see the left tire and it's position with the center line, and the right tire and it's position to the curb/road edge.
Yes, a quick glance in the convex mirrors to see the position of the lines on each side is a very reliable way to judge your position. I do that frequently in the MH and the daily driver.

While there can be some limitations, I've been tempted to do the windshield dot on my daily driver pick-em-up truck, lined up with the passenger side tires. The back roads around me are rather narrow, and when an oncoming car/truck (especially a pickup with tow mirrors) goes by, you really need to be hugging the edge of the pavement, but you don't want to drop onto the soft gravel shoulder. As stated by others, I use a glance in my right mirror to check my position, but when coming up to the moment of truth and reaching the oncoming traffic, I don't want to be concentrating on the mirror, I want my eyes on the road. So I'm thinking that's a good time for the dot idea, during those couple of critical seconds.

Another way to check your position is a glace at the rear camera's picture. If the toad is in the middle of the road...so are you.
Assuming your camera is centered properly. Mine isn't: if I center the lane in the camera, my wheels are past the line. For me, at least, looking in the convex mirrors is the most reliable.

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I agree with d_lindy, look down the road for a distance, it stops you from over correcting and nerves when a large vehcle is coming. I also use my mirrors to check where I am. This confirms Im where I want to be. Also, practice makes prefect. Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:40 PM   #17
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With the '02 Dutch Star I just put a make on the inside of the windshield with a black felt tip marker in my line of sight. Wasn't noticeable from the outside but was still OK from inside. Haven't done that with the Magna yet as I just look in the pass. side mirror for the fog line and adjust from that.
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Took a driving course at Lazy Days so the DW could hear from someone other than me. They taught a system using dots on the mirrors and rear view camera that have made driving and parking much more relaxing. Just keep the dots inside the lines and everything is A OK.
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Maybe it's because driving has been second nature to me since I was 12 years old. Plus having driven so many different large vehicles in tight places that I am not sure what I use to stay in the center of the lane. Drive a 12 row corn planter down the road and have to judge where you need to be to miss a mail box or run a large articulating tractor with a 40' field cultivator around the drive units of a self propelled irrigation system without hitting it and one develops a sense of distance. I can't explain it, but it's just a feeling I have when it's right. My past experience is probably why driving our 75' combination in all kinds of traffic is just another day. However, for the first time class A drivers, I can see how it would be helpful to have some trick to help learn where that sweet spot is.

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