Fine. Here's some stuff:
We both attended the Driver Confidence Course held at Lazy Days in Seffner, FL. It's near Tampa. I've never driven the Duck [looks abashed], although we agreed I should know how. Annie admits to being a control-freak, and I admit to being lazy; we're a match made in Dysfunction Junction.
Barney was an excellent teacher. He was comfortable with the subject, experienced behind the wheel and behind the lectern. We were in the classroom about 75 minutes, but it seemed much less, and we met back in the afternoon for some white-knuckle road training. Each student got about 10 minutes behind the Big Wheel, a 39' Fleetwood diesel pusher. We ran through an ever-changing obstacle course (people kept moving vehicles, appearing on bicycles, parking cars, throwing themselves in front of us. The runaway baby carriage was overkill, if you ask me).
There was good advice about
- how to back up with and without a partner
- how to mark your mirrors so they always provide the best information
- how to navigate a turn
- how to know where your corners and turning bits are
- why you should never back up if you can't see your wife
Social commentary: Watching these RVing couples reminded me of an important thing. It's better to be married to a woman. Women, sorry about that. Men, high-five!
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Here are the videos. If you can't get to a class, these videos will be very useful. Go ahead and watch them. You should watch them. WATCH THEM.