Which Way Should I Go? Trailering Poll
On the trip to Stepping Stone Farm there are two turns I hate. Deal with or avoid? Overall, the trip is easy. It is less than 20 miles on low-traveled, country back roads. There is one stoplight.
The first turn I hate is at a T-intersection on the way to the barn. Traffic from the right is on a curve. Not a bad curve nor a blind curve, but a curve none the less. A driver at a moderate speed and/or a driver paying attention would have no trouble seeing me pull out.
At the stop sign. I stop. I look. I roll down the passenger window to listen for oncoming traffic. This works when I am driving the truck by itself. With the trailer, it takes so long to get moving off the slight hill, that a car has time to come around the turn. At which point, I either keep going and hope they stop OR stop in the middle of the intersection and hope any traffic from the left can stop in time. Neither is a good option. The alternative is to go down the road to turn at a nice, open 4-way stop. The detour is 1.3 miles.
The second turn is into our driveway. We have to swing wide to avoid putting trailer wheel in the roadside ditch. This puts the truck and trailer in the oncoming lane briefly. As above, there is a moderate curve. To avoid this, I go around the block so that I can turn left into the driveway. This way, the turn is already wide. The traffic behind you knows about you. The traffic in front can see you. The detour is 2.5 miles.
Although the mileage is short, the detours feel long because I have left the direct path. Am I being a weenie? OTOH, what is a few minutes to avoid an accident? Then again, if I go a few miles/minutes for a better route, what is the limit? 5 miles? 10? 20? There may come a time when I can’t avoid a tricky bit of driving. Should I learn to cope now?
Thank you for reading & advising,