Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Letter: Response to slow traffic concerns on Highway 97

The writer sounds like she needs some training and driving a motorhome

With respect to the letter (Penticton Western News, Aug. 21, Slow traffic on the highway getting worse) I have to shake my head at the writer’s comments, especially the one that states a driver was not going the speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour but only 70.

The speed limit is 80, so you should not exceed that speed and not have to keep to it should traffic not make it feasible. The writer also makes a comment about a fancy motorhome not keeping to that limit, but looking around and not paying attention to other vehicles behind.

I would like to make a comment to her and the thousands of car drivers who do not know what it is like to operate a large truck or motorhome safely.

Firstly, it is very common for a passing vehicle to overtake you then cut right in front of you without any consideration and realization of how long it takes you to slow, or even stop, a large heavy vehicle compared to a small one. Since I have been driving our 36-foot, diesel motorhome, it amazes me the number of people who think it fine to do this and then blame us for any consequences that may arise.

Since passing the necessary driving test to operate my vehicle, it has given me a new understanding of what truckers must go through on a daily basis with idiots who enjoy doing this and think it is OK.

We also have to survey the road and traffic a lot more to make sure we can navigate safely around corners, intersections etc., than is the norm for a car.

The writer sounds like she needs some training, and to drive one (a motor home) to see what it is like.

Maybe allow a bit more time for the appointment and traffic and do not think that you are the only one on the road and you are the most important one.

John Haygarth


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