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The Steel Wave – Unrecognized Turning Characterics of Vehicles with Long Wheelbases

There are plenty of things obvious to almost any adult, motorist or pedestrian about large vehicles. The most obvious is their size and mass. But at the other end of the spectrum lie nuances rarely understood by anyone who has not driven a vehicle with a long wheelbase: The way such a vehicle turns, and the way its tires “track” compared to those of a typical automobile, van or pickup truck. And, of course, the way all this looks to someone unfamiliar with it. When explaining this phenomenon to non-bus or –truck drivers, I like to illustrate it by using