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Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:31 pm

Just out of sheer Friday boredom and genuine curiosity....

I was wondering if the talents of someone who is a qualified pilot and used to swift decision-making and multi-tasking, would in theory, be better behind the wheel of a land-based vehicle than say, a regular Joe Blow?

Any pilots care to comment? Any regular drivers care to comment? Anyone who has been driven by a qualified pilot care to comment?

(Mind you, the abilities of some drivers in the Toronto area, leads me to believe that a chimp would be better qualified than some people on the road).
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:19 pm

Everything else being equal, I'd have thought an experienced driver would be the best bet. How many pilots that includes, I don't know. You're talking about a different scale, a different pace and different vehicle behaviour.

You're also talking about people who might be in a better position to get their car repaired while they're off flying.  duck 
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:24 pm

Im going to go with maybe. But also look at it this way, just like there are bad drivers. There are bad pilots.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:42 pm

They just think they're better drivers  Wink
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:42 pm

Out of my group of 20+ pilot friends and acquaintances, I'd say only 5 of them are good drivers, two of us are excellent (me and my best friend). And I think it's only because us two are the only ones very interested in cars and enjoy driving just for shits and giggles. Everybody else just drives and has a car just because they have to. Me and my best friend are very good pilots, the rest of them, are decent pilots, and drive ok, but there are about 5 or so I don't enjoy driving or flying with at all   

And then some of them know an airplane's systems inside and out, yet they have no clue on how to properly change a tire. Go figure  

Also I know several who love to play daredevil in the plane yet when in their cars they drive worse than old ladies   

So yeah, I guess my point is: flying skills have little to nothing to do with driving skills.   

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:43 pm

Well I just kind of assumed they make "different" drivers. Instead of say stopping when stuff goes wrong - I find I try and drive out of the situations. So when something happens infront of me... instead of stomping on the breaks and hoping for the best, I just analyze whats in front of me and get my self out of that situation.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:48 pm

Drivers seem to make good pilots.
Connie Kalitta, Eddie Rickenbacker, Colin McRae, and at least a few NASCAR drivers who fly their own planes. Probably the whole Need For Speed thing.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:49 pm



Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 5):
I just analyze whats in front of me and get my self out of that situation.

I do that too, but I've been doing that way before since I was a pilot, but it only really works on freeways or other wide roads, depending on the situation of course...
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:50 pm



Quoting David L (Reply 1):
in a better position to get their car repaired while they're off flying



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
There are bad pilots



Quoting Moose135 (Reply 3):
think they're better drivers

I was also kind of thinking that pilots may have an "invincibility complex" and therefore drive faster and take more risks than non-pilots and therefore end up being in, or causing more accidents?
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:53 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Colin McRae

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:54 pm

I think truck drivers make better drivers. They know the roads like the back of their hands and actually respect other drivers.

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:58 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):

Lol! Like the trucker that almost drove me into a guardrail last week doing 75-80? Or the ones that cut you off as if they dont have 53 feet of steel dragging behind them?
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:06 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
I think truck drivers make better drivers.

Ehm... about that...  bitelip 

Just because they know the roads like the back of their hands doesn't mean they won't swerve in and out of their lanes, take 2 hours to pass other trucks, not pull over so you can pass when they're doing 5mph up a steep hill in a single lane rd, etc...
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:07 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 12):
take 2 hours to pass other trucks

Trust me, thats not usually the drivers fault. My summer job is at a liquor distributor, and when the trucks are loaded down, passing isnt an option.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:08 pm



Quoting 808TWA (Reply 8):
I was also kind of thinking that pilots may have an "invincibility complex" and therefore drive faster and take more risks than non-pilots and therefore end up being in, or causing more accidents?

Hmm... modern commercial pilots aren't really supposed to fall into that category. "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots... etc.". I think we'd have to distinguish commercial pilots from leisure pilots.

Quoting 808TWA (Reply 9):
Sadly, he didn't do too well with the whole pilot thing

Nor the whole licence thing.  Sad
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:21 pm



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 13):
Trust me, thats not usually the drivers fault.

Oh I know, but if they know they are heavy, and they have a long line of cars waiting behind them, and they know it's gonna take them forever, then they should know too that:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 13):
passing isnt an option.

I see it all too often between PHX and TUS on I-10. That stretch always has a ridiculous amount of traffic, and trucks especially.
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:21 pm

Depends how you define a good pilot. Someone who can control the physical nature of an aircraft, or someone who can make the key decisions associtated with commanding an aircraft.

The former go hand in hand with driving a car. The latter may be a whole different ball game.
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:18 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Drivers seem to make good pilots.
Connie Kalitta, Eddie Rickenbacker, Colin McRae, and at least a few NASCAR drivers who fly their own planes. Probably the whole Need For Speed thing.

Or it could be that they have money. A lot of rich people have their own planes. That makes them pilots, but it doesn't necessarily make them good pilots.

I'm not saying that the people you mentioned are dangerous in the skies - they could be very good - but there are people out there who buy more airplane than they can handle just because they have the money to.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 13):
Trust me, thats not usually the drivers fault. My summer job is at a liquor distributor, and when the trucks are loaded down, passing isnt an option.

I understand that weight is an issue. But if the drivers know passing isn't an option, why do they try it? If they're loaded down, they should know not to attempt a pass when there are cars behind them. That, or the truck being passed should slow down a little so as to make the process faster. It's maddening when you're stuck behind two trucks, waiting for one of them to pass the other at a relative speed of 1mph. I've had truckers cut me off a few times, but those are isolated incidents, and I'm not going to hold it against the general trucker community - the moving roadblock happens far too often to be just a few bad apples.

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:29 pm

I'd like to clarify something only a few would know. Schneider National (the orange trucks) is always underweight and is governed at 62.5mph. Swift is governed at 62. Werner is governed at 65mph, and most of the carriers are between 60-65mph. So their is no excuse for them to be in the passing lane unless they are coming out of a rest stop. Owner ops will are not governed; those are the ones you are describing or drivers who lease trucks from the companies.

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:52 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Drivers seem to make good pilots.
Connie Kalitta, Eddie Rickenbacker, Colin McRae, and at least a few NASCAR drivers who fly their own planes. Probably the whole Need For Speed thing.

I've pulled gear for Connie Kalitta, he does his own thing but he got us there! I've flown with his nephew and current Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta in 5 different types of airplanes plenty of times and he is honestly one of the best sticks I have ever flown with, typed in the Learjet at age 21 and that is no easy plane to fly, he was also a DC-8 Captain for Connie. He's super smooth and efficient in the way he operates the airplane.

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
I think truck drivers make better drivers. They know the roads like the back of their hands and actually respect other drivers.

We got a guy that used to be a truck driver and now he flies, I don't like getting in the car with him, lol. He flies just fine though!
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:25 am



Quoting 808TWA (Thread starter):
Just out of sheer Friday boredom and genuine curiosity....

How about the inverse:
"Do better drivers makes better pilots?"

To phrase it properly: Of those who are pilots, the ones that are good drivers, are they better pilots?"

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:19 am

Most pilots have an inherent high level of spatial awareness (its quite important to have as a pilot). It helps a lot on the road also. Pilots are used to scanning instruments quickly and then keeping their eyes outside the aircraft...many other drivers become fixated on things like their speed...hence why car makers like BMW and Mercedes etc are developing Head Up Displays.
Quick reactions/reflexes, and used to dealing with far higher speeds.
The biggest differences become aparent however when trying to multi-task.
I don't have a link, but there was a university study done using brain scans and monitoring things like eye-position and driving accuracy on various subjects.. In many countries of course using a cellphone whilst driving is now banned... this study however did come up with one anomoly...they found that the only group of people who were reasonably consistant in their ability to use a cellphone and drive at the same time were in fact pilots! They theorised that this was due to pilots being used to flying aircraft, reading maps, taking notes, and using radios often all at the same time. Partly due to training as well..ie being forced to change your habits to safely operate an aircraft.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:48 am



Quoting Mir (Reply 17):
But if the drivers know passing isn't an option, why do they try it? If they're loaded down, they should know not to attempt a pass when there are cars behind them.

Reason is that they have to keep the momentum to avoid unnecessary loss of time and fuel burn. There's also the matter of Hours of Service. Unlike the average motorist, once that truck starts moving they have to keep their rigs moving as much as possible at the maximum safe or legal limit. That can be a challenge in mountains or other extreme conditions. Speed governed trucks only require that the operator work as efficiently as possible. If that means overtaking a slower truck by one or two mph, so be it.

The bus operator I worked for had their Van Hools set to max out at 70 mph. When we ran Tucson to LA trips, we'd run the coaches up to the governed speed and set the cruise controls to maintain it. If we didn't, that would mean cutting the 10 hour driving time limit close. We would frequently pass tractors and at night, we would usually overtake everything else on the highway. One thing that made passing the tractors easier was that their speed would remain almost consistent. Also, most of the professional operators would make minor adjustments to accommodate an overtaking rig or bus if needed.

Getting back to pilots, it depends on the individual. I am the Training Department Manager for a street railway and have to oversee all of the operating staff. One of our newest Motormen is a Embry Riddle grad and works as a professional pilot. He's very consistent in his operating practices and has done very well in training. Having been in regular service for a few weeks now, he is continuing to do very well and none of my staff have seen any potential problems. I believe that in his case, his aviation training does in fact make him safer than most other drivers.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:41 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Drivers seem to make good pilots.
Connie Kalitta, Eddie Rickenbacker, Colin McRae, and at least a few NASCAR drivers who fly their own planes. Probably the whole Need For Speed thing.

IIRC McRae died while piloting his chopper and the subsequent investigation found nothing wrong with the chopper but that rather it was McRae's mistake that caused the fatal accident. And his documentation was expired to boot. Flying yourself to your death doesn't really make you a good pilot IMHO.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:28 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
I think truck drivers make better drivers. They know the roads like the back of their hands and actually respect other drivers.

Agreed. I've got to know a few truck drivers over the years. After talking to them, I realized it takes them more time to get 80,000 pounds stopped, so they got to plan ahead more than the average driver. After sitting in the big rigs and looking at the trailer through the mirrors I started giving the big rigs more room when I'm driving around them.
As far as pilots being better drivers, I think most pilots with Comm, inst, and multi ratings tend to be better drivers. I say this because they are flying bigger, faster airplanes with more going on and those pilots usually need to plan ahead more. I've drove with some inexperienced pilots, and it seems like they're usually the ones that are the ones that irritate me the most as drivers. I think the instrument rating helps (or least it helped me) my instrument instructor always was telling me to keep everything smooth and stabilized espically with people in the back. Of course everyone is a little different, but know I've become a better driver because of my flying experience.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:23 pm



Quoting RGElectra80 (Reply 23):
IIRC McRae died while piloting his chopper and the subsequent investigation found nothing wrong with the chopper but that rather it was McRae's mistake that caused the fatal accident. And his documentation was expired to boot. Flying yourself to your death doesn't really make you a good pilot IMHO.

I never heard the final results of the investigation.

Quoting Mir (Reply 17):
That makes them pilots, but it doesn't necessarily make them good pilots.

I'm pretty sure that Eddie Rickenbacker was a good stick.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:30 pm

When flying you have to adhere to a certain set of regulations and can't step outside of them. When on the road you can. So in that respect it's very different. I mean JamoTCX is a very good pilot but a bloody awful driver!
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:48 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
I think truck drivers make better drivers. They know the roads like the back of their hands and actually respect other drivers.

I personally notice a big difference getting out of the truck, and into my SUV. I start slowing down WAY too soon, and I tend to take corners as if I still had those wagons back there.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 11):
Lol! Like the trucker that almost drove me into a guardrail last week doing 75-80? Or the ones that cut you off as if they dont have 53 feet of steel dragging behind them?

Technically, trailers are mostly aluminum, but still. Try getting up there in the cab, and judging a 70-75 foot distance in a 52 square inch mirror. You have no depth perception, just experience. And if road conditions are less than perfect (wet, snow covered), you can have the added hazard of swirling snow, or road spray which over the 70-75 foot distance can completely obscure even another tractor trailer. All the while, I'm trying to ensure I'm clear of the vehicle I'm overtaking, as well as watching the road ahead.

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 12):
Just because they know the roads like the back of their hands doesn't mean they won't swerve in and out of their lanes, take 2 hours to pass other trucks, not pull over so you can pass when they're doing 5mph up a steep hill in a single lane rd, etc...

First off, trucks don't "swerve" in and out of lanes... If they did, they'd be on their side in no time. As for taking 2 hours to pass another truck, in most cases, MAYBE 5 minutes at most. As for slowly climbing a hill, the slowest I've ever slogged up a hill (8% grade, 360 HP Series 60 Detroit with a 13 speed and 137,000+ GVW, I never went below 20 mph. On a related issue, I'm betting you have at least once passed a truck, then within 5 minutes had to slow down to make a left turn, and then had that same truck waiting for you to make your turn. Doesn't sound like much of a big deal, but, it could cost that driver upwards of $750-$1000 or even more... Happened to me a few years ago. I lost a paltry 4 minutes waiting for some guy to make a turn, and it put me a few minutes late to a receiver on a Friday. Since it was a long weekend, I had to sit at a truck stop until Tuesday to deliver. The lost income worked out to $858. (65mph*11*$.40/mile*3 days). Not that particular driver's fault alone, but if it happens 8-10 times a day, which isn't uncommon, and who gets the blame for the late load, lost income and missed family time?

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This is the scenario, on September 6th (The end of the last long weekend) I was coming back south from my nice holiday weekend before a new semester of school, the roads were very congested, my front tire blew and I was having trouble maintain the car, I was in the fast lane (left lane) and as carefully as I could moved over I went off to the shoulder, I was unable to control the car properly and stay on the right shoulder and went off the road and hit a tree. About 10 minutes later a cop shows up, takes my statement and gives me a ticket for "Failure to drive within a marked lane"

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:45 pm



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 27):
As for taking 2 hours to pass another truck, in most cases, MAYBE 5 minutes at most.

Unless they are messing around with you.

I've had that happen many times when driving on the US I-8. I see a long straight stretch, two lanes, and two trucks, as I accelerate towards them and approach to pass on the left, about 1000 feet before I get there an indicator comes on and one truck starts passing the other. I learned quickly to just lay off and do not follow closely, impatiently waiting for them to complete the pass, if I did the "passing" would last forever. If I backed off then they would proceed with their "pass" and usually let me pass (a couple times the rear truck immediately began passing the other truck again).

Ahh trucker games!

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:55 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 10):
I think truck drivers make better drivers.

I have to respect truck drivers. They do a pretty difficult job. What really bugs me is RVs. I have spent a lot of time on the highways wishing I could play caravan conkers.
1. People who have them do not necessarily know how to drive them. Like the guy who set the cruise control and went to get himself some coffee. Unlike weekend warriors, truckers know what they are doing.
2. People try to drive them like their cars i.e. in the left lane. If you're the size of a semi, you drive with the semis.
3. Nobody needs an RV. Get in your car or fly to wherever you want to go. I have never seen an RV that I like more than any mid range hotel. Plus at a hotel you don't have to drain the crapper. RVs can't do anything special enough to warrant their existence.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:21 am



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 29):

While I agree with you on points 1 & 2, I don't on point 3. You may not like RVs, but for many people, flying or staying in hotels holds no special place in their hearts. Plus, RVs can go places that don't have a "mid range hotel."


Being a pilot myself, I don't thing the training I when through made me a better driver. Even before learning to fly, I took my driving seriously. But, I do find myself thinking further ahead of the vehicle and paying closer attention to minor maintenance items (fluid levels, tire pressure).
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:47 am



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 27):

I personally notice a big difference getting out of the truck, and into my SUV. I start slowing down WAY too soon, and I tend to take corners as if I still had those wagons back there.

I do the same with my car and it makes my passengers laugh. However, I do prefer the view from a semi knowing whats ahead of me. Back to the topic, I think pilots might oversteer like us truckers do at times.

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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:31 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 29):
3. Nobody needs an RV. Get in your car or fly to wherever you want to go. I have never seen an RV that I like more than any mid range hotel. Plus at a hotel you don't have to drain the crapper. RVs can't do anything special enough to warrant their existence.

While this may be true, most RVers are retired folks who have worked for the better part of their lives. This is when they finally have the chance to see the wonders of North America, something you can't do through an aircraft window. But I do agree that they should be required to take a driving test. I've seen more than a few RV (even some 5th wheel travel trailers) that qualify length (trailer in excess of 35 feet) and weight wise (more than 26,001 lbs) for a class 1 licence. I've even seen highway tractors converted into RVs, and once, a highway tractor, and a 48 foot trailer that had been converted into an RV.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:29 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 31):
I think pilots might oversteer like us truckers do at times.

Oversteer? I don't see how a pilot would do that.

Like I said earlier, how a person flies has nothing to do with how they drive. I've witnessed many different people "driving" both on the wheel and a yoke. Apples and oranges.

Quoting Don81603 (Reply 32):
something you can't do through an aircraft window.

If you're talking about commercial flights then yes that's true. Otherwise I much rather sight-see in a GA plane than an RV.
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:12 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 33):
Otherwise I much rather sight-see in a GA plane than an RV.

In some cases, so would I, but kinda hard to experience Hoover Dam, or the Grand Canyon, St. Louis Arch etc from an aircraft
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:42 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 33):
Oversteer? I don't see how a pilot would do that.

What’s the wheelbase of a B747? Surely longer than one of a semi and your car combined.  Smile
 
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:08 pm



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 32):
most RVers are retired folks who have worked for the better part of their lives.

This demographic has enough trouble driving their cars at over 30mph, let alone an RV.
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RE: Do Pilots Make Better Drivers?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:27 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 36):
This demographic has enough trouble driving their cars at over 30mph, let alone an RV

You go that right... the young drive too fast, and the old drive to slow.

I firmly believe, anyone born before the internal combustion engine was invented shouldn't be driving.
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