Does your 4 wheel vehicle ever go back to feeling like "normal size" again?

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  1. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    I've only been driving since the start of this year, but ever since my first month of going OTR for at least a month at a time, every time, my car feels like a go cart when I get back home!!

    Now granted my car is small and it's not a van or a pickup or SUV or anything. But still. i just cannot get over how tiny it feels.

    My question to you long time drivers, does a 4 wheel vehicle ever start to few "normal size" again after you've been driving a semi truck? Or does that feeling of it being small never really go away?
     
  2. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

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    I have a 4x4 Tacoma and I might as well be driving a Prius.
     
  3. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Sure, after about 5 minutes my one ton pickup feels normal. I never feel "normal" in a vehicle smaller than a half ton anymore though.
     
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  4. 70’Nova

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    That’s a normal feeling when you’re first starting out and after being in a 60’feet long 40’ton combination vehicle, driving a 4 wheeler makes you feel like your driving a bumper car. You’ll laugh hard when at the mall or Walmart and you see a 4 wheeler struggling to back into a space and you’ll say to yourself this guy wouldn’t last a day in my profession.
     
  5. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

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    I have thought that before! But what's more, I'll find myself being amazed at how easily my little Toyota can get into pretty much any space.

    Or, I'll see a tight parking space in a tight parking lot, go for it by swinging wide to hook that trailer...........Before of course, I realize, there's no trailer to hook!
     
  6. MGE Dawn

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    Bigger problem is not being used to being in a vehicle that can get up 120mph if you're not careful. Last time I was home, I was actually honest to God surprised to look down at my speedo and see a number higher than 67mph. Luckily, I caught myself at 80, but still... actually spooked me a bit. As for how I know my '03 Exploder can pull that number... it's the same spec as the local cops used for their fleet that year. By pure coincidence, only a couple VINs removed from the actual manufacturing run that fulfilled my local PD's order, too. You can learn weird things about your vehicle if you bother to do the research
     
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  7. Ridgeline

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    Almost three years retired, I had to go out and buy another large vehicle to feel normal.

    My day car is either a large pickup or a Prius but then those feel small ....
     
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  8. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Ive got a '72 F-250 Highboy, an '89 F-250 7.3, a '97 Toyota T100 with 6 inches of lift, and a '13 Ford Edge.... They all feel like tinker toys with the exception of the '72, but even it feels small... A small tank that is. Lol
     
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  9. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    It felt weird at first. But I can switch between my semi and my corolla fairly easily now.

    That 4wheeler you were watching struggling to back up, that was probably me. I always turn the wheel the wrong way, towards the problem. Like im backing up a trailer.
     
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  10. FlaSwampRat

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    My biggest problem is I keep trying to step on a non existent clutch pedal.
     
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