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Old 07-14-2015, 11:12 AM   #15
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You have no control over the behavior of other drivers or the state of their equipment. You do have control over your own. Make sure your equipment and setup is good; tow equipment properly connected, mirrors adjusted, tires properly inflated. Follow traffic at a safe distance, and be alert.

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Previous posters have covered it well. Something I always do is use Google Maps and Google Earth to preview things like fuel stops, entry and exit points from Highways, RV parks, etc. 10 minutes planning the night before saves a lot of surprises the next day.
The satellite views give incredible detail. If you are concerned about a particular road you can have a look at lane widths, shoulders, intersections - whatever you need.

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Old 07-14-2015, 06:40 PM   #17
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On I65 the computer signs say this:
Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands on the wheel
Your mind on driving.

I don't have trouble changing lanes, I just signal and start moving over, watch the side. Amazing how they will back off, of course with cargo trailer I'm 65', no one to mess with. When driving through cities no one mentioned to stay out of the right lane. Leave plenty of space in front and slow down, no sense in stressing. Let them go around. Be strong and confident.
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I live in metro Detroit and spend 10-12 hours every week in terrible traffic in my daily driver. Sure the coach is 30..ish feet longer - but the same principles apply. First, do everything you can to stack the deck in your favor. Do your homework to familiarize yourself with the route you intend to travel (Googlemaps Satellite and Streetview features can be a huge help in this regard). Plan such that you're hitting the "snotty" stretches of your drive during times when traffic is lightest.

Most importantly - play your game when you're on the road. Drive at speeds that are comfortable to you. Drive leaving whatever space you feel is safe between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Don't let bonehead drivers around you make you feel like YOU need to rush.

I'm still a rookie when it comes to driving our 43' coach - with a hair over 1,500 miles under my belt (in addition to a guestimated 750,000 miles of experience driving smaller vehicles) - but this approach is working pretty well for me.

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