Traveling Etiquette

Just a quick note to let you know that when you drive an 18,000 lb vehicle you cannot stop on a dime, nor can we see you when you are in our blind spot.  We also cannot accelerate from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds.

Both my husband and I share the driving experience so that neither of us drive more than 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a time.  When we are in the passenger seat we act as co-pilot to help navigate and to watch out for you.  Running over you or getting side-swiped by a mis-calculation by either of us will cost us both money and injury!

When we are merging on to a major highway we have to look back to make sure we have time to get up to speed so as to not make someone in the right lane have to brake to let us merge.  You could consider doing this too!

When we are driving 60 miles an hour in the right lane and you want to merge, you might want to consider not speeding up and cutting in front of us.  You can always pass us as soon as you successfully merge.

When you are traveling behind us and we have our right blinker on, and you are going to move to the left lane anyway, why not stay in back of us instead of speeding up and passing us on the right side only to whip around in front of us to get there faster?

By the way, we have large blinkers on the back of our Motorhome, why can’t you see them?  When we have the right blinker on it means that we intend to turn right.  We have to move over well before the turn off because we are 32 ft long,  so speeding up and passing us on the right side makes you “not the sharpest tool in the shed”.  For us to “miss a turn” is a bigger problem than for a small car, as finding a place to turn around and get back to the proper turn off is no small undertaking.

Another thing that we do as a courtesy to truckers, other motorhomes, or campers when they pass us, we will blink our headlights to let them know it is safe to  move to the right lane.  Why do none of you do this for us?  So far we have only had two truckers (one of them was a Wal-mart)blink the lights for us and none of the motorhomes or campers.

We will continue to give you the benefit of the doubt, but please just think about being just a little bit more courteous.  Everyone on the road will appreciate it very much.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris Colbath
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 19:51:23

    I tend to do the lights thing for larger vehicles. And I tend to be cautious of these things as well.

    I would add that motorcycles are nearly invisible to a larger vehicle and also need to be aware. The damage to the motorbike would be extensive and very likely to be fatal.

    Everybody needs to be careful our there, so we can all continue to enjoy our travels!

    Have fun you two!

  2. Ya Dawta
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 04:23:21

    Yes, Ma’am;0)


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