Yukon Maiden wrote:HardWorker, what tricks did your wife learn that made her comfortable driving a big vehicle?
I took her out a few times, and told her to pretend she was pulling a trailer with some weight on it. That made it easier for her to remember she needed more distance to stop, taking corners a little wider, and swerving was a big no no. To get in and out of parking spots, she learned to back into spots instead of driving into them (this is a biggie). When she gets in the truck, she raises the seat up, and tilts it forward a little, to see over the hood better. Because she backs into parking spots, she doesn't have to worry about whats behind her when leaving a parking spot, but if she has to reverse, she'll force herself to walk past the rear and see whats back there. And because of the size of the truck, she feels a lot more comfortable because people don't tailgate her (we sometimes leave the hitch on purpose
). Some bigger trucks don't drive like their size, and might surprise you, so take them for a good test drive, or rent as you suggested. Once you get used to them, you're gonna hate the small feel of a car, and the feeling your dragging your butt on the ground.
Neither my wife or I feel comfortable just yet with her towing this beast on the highway, but shes slowly getting more seat time around town and parking lots. Like I said, she enjoys driving the truck more than the car now. She loves the height and how you can see over cars, and the ground clearance in the snow, but I have to remind her to drive slower to save on fuel. These winter days the heated leather seats are so nice