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Old 10-26-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Trying to Drive from the Passenger Seat

Is it just me, or does this happen often.

I'd guess that I do probably 95% of the driving on the motorhome. If I had to guess, I'd think most families are similar, give or take 10%.

But every time Leila drives and I'm in the passenger seat, I find myself cringing because it seems like we're so close to the edge, or coming to a stop sign too quick, or not swinging a corner right etc etc. I feel myself leaning to the left, pushing on the brake, or just closing my eyes.

Don't get me wrong, she's a fine driver, but I think I'm just a bad passenger.

Anyone else have the same experience?

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Old 10-26-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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I think it will get better with more time...make her drive more.

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Old 10-26-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
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It is because you do 90% of the driving. You have become acclimated to seeing the relationship of your regular driver's position to the road and roadside "stuff". The new position, from the pass side, contradicts what you have practiced and been used to. It'll never change.
I am constantly on edge when my DW drives. Same feelings as yours even tho I keep telling myself to shut up and enjoy the brief respite from driving. (DOESNT WORK)
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Old 10-26-2014, 09:47 PM   #4
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At least your wife will drive, mine started crying when I told her I wanted to go to a big stadium parking lot and have her try driving it. I just want her to be able to drive it in an emergency. She said if that happens she will pay for our son to come out and drive it home....But she does a real good job from the passenger seat telling me how to drive it...haha
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:53 AM   #5
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Perhaps when she is driving it would be a great time for a cat nap on the bed,
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:11 AM   #6
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Now you know how us passengers feel.

I've begged to drive but have not been granted that privilege yet. While I've not driven anything as large as our coach & toad, I've hauled horses, pulled loaded hay wagons, driven farm equipment & towed boats.

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Old 10-27-2014, 06:35 AM   #7
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My wife does all the driving i just hold the stering wheel
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:40 AM   #8
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We split the driving almost 50/50 and if anything the DW drives more. No matter who is driving the other one is saying exactly what the OP pointed out. It seems like the passenger is constantly cringing and politely mentioning that the driver is going around curves a little too fast, approaching a stop sign and not slowing down soon enough or not in the center of the lane. I think it is just the different perspective of the passenger seat and not being in control.

We have about 50,000 miles between the two of us driving our previous 40' or now 42' DP all over the country and plenty of mountain driving, but we both feel a little uncomfortable when we don't have control of that accelerator pedal and/or steering wheel. It certainly makes it much more fun with us splitting up the driving, and we both feel safe with the other one driving, its just that we both have a little bit different style and the belief that each of us know best.

The good news is we are learning to either keep our comments to a minimum and to try and find at least as many if not more Positive comments than Negative comments about the other driving skills to help keep the tension down and the atmosphere in the coach a little more positive which is really important.

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Old 10-27-2014, 07:01 AM   #9
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no way will mine drive the coach. She drives a small sports car and was not comfortable driving our pickup truck. The MH is out of the question. It's just easier and safer this way. I relax while driving and she gets to sightsee or do whatever she wants during the trip. Plus she makes me food and brings me drinks when needed
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My wife does all the driving i just hold the stering wheel
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:22 AM   #11
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My wife in the passenger seat has all the same symptoms as you only she has never driven any of our coaches. It's a "not in control" thing.
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My wife does all the driving i just hold the stering wheel
I've heard that one before, but I still like it!
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:25 AM   #13
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My wife was a school bus driver, Professional driver CDL holder, she taught me how to drive the MH. I had used big construction equipment including dump trucks but not over the road.
When she used to drive the MH I felt the same way. She hasn't driven in 3 years. I ask if she will, she says NO. Go figure.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:02 AM   #14
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Not an issue for us. DW is short and the steering column on the F53 doesn't telescope. Also, the driver's seat doesn't go far enough forward for her to reach the pedals and the pedals are too high off the floor for her size 5 feet.

I'm not sure she'd be happy driving a "big" vehicle anyway.

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