I'm sorry. You've got places to be. I've got places to be too. I think if we could sit down and have a talk about it, we'd both agree that we want to get to those places as safely as possible, and that arriving at our destinations unharmed trumps arriving at our destinations on time.
To get where I'm going safely means navigating a brick that's 35 feet long and a little over 13 feet tall through winding mountain roads that don't always feel the need to provide a slow moving vehicle lane or turnout. I promise if there is a slow moving vehicle lane or turnout, I'll use it. I don't want you stuck behind me any more than you want to be stuck behind me.
If I'm going slower than you think I should be, I promise there's a reason for it. The reason is almost certainly either the wind or the curves. Have you ever been in a car and felt the wind push you out of your lane? Imagine that, but now your car is three times the height, catching three times the wind. I can't control the wind, but at slower speeds I have more time to react to it before I'm pushed out of my lane and potentially into someone else's.
You know those warning signs for curves that give advisory speeds? Yeah I don't usually pay them much mind in a car either. You know where they matter a great deal? In an RV. If the speed limit on a stretch of highway is 50MPH, but the curves keep making me slow down to 35MPH, then I'm going to be averaging just slightly faster than 35MPH because I don't speed up quickly and I don't slow down quickly.
Getting into a wreck doesn't help anyone get to their destination on time. Tipping over and blocking both lanes of traffic doesn't either.
There's one other reason why I might be going slower than the speed limit; I want you to pass me. Going five miles under the speed limit usually makes the RV handle much more comfortably, and it also makes it faster to pass me which in turn means it's safer to pass me. So pass me! There's nothing I love more than looking in the mirror and not seeing any cars stuck back there. It lets me focus on safely navigating what's ahead rather than looking for opportunities to pull over.
So here's the deal:
- I promise I'm not going slow just to spite you.
- I promise to use the slow moving vehicle lanes and turn-outs.
- I promise to operate my RV as safely as I can, because not crashing trumps all other concerns.
In return, all I ask is:
- If you can safely pass me, pass me.
- Don't tailgate. I can't see you back there, and you're putting yourself at risk if something does go terribly wrong.
- Don't hang out in a lane next to me. If the wind pushes me, it might be into you.
We both want to arrive at our destinations in one piece. Together, we can.