New Tundra Owner
Hi. I just bought a new, 2014 white Tundra about three weeks ago, and used the comments on this site to help me decide. I always drive Toyota- I like to have no repairs. Ever.
I never owned a truck before, and drive 150 miles a day to work, with 148 miles of the commute on a busy highway commute with big, big trucks on it. It has lots of deer and snow and ice and heavy rain, wrecks, speeders- I've even had tires blow off of trucks and hit my windshield. I thought that I might be more comfortable on the road in a big truck. So far, I am very pleased on the highway and in the ice and snow. I am a somewhat older woman and drive a lot for my job.
I don't want to get a bunch of jokes, but some serious driving tips are appreciated. I've driven box trucks before for moving our kids and things, and had a big SUV for awhile. So far, I have noticed that backing up is pretty easy with the rear camera, but terrible if I don't use it. I back into my parking space and take my time.
I find that I need to really focus on how long the truck is (double cab, regular bed). I merged across three lanes of traffic, and the angle was such that I almost clipped somebody with the back end, when a car wouldn't have been a problem. I am sure it won't fit into a parking garage.
Passing is easy, vision is clear on the highways. I note that the hood makes a big blind spot when turning from a level road to a steep downhill road! At intersections, the mirrors are a possible blind spot to watch for. On the snow, I put it in 4W and out, at 55 mph or lower, depending if there was slippage and snow, and that worked pretty well. I am used to a "hill descent control" and now I am just shifting over and dropping to first if it is an icy downhill.
I would like to add a top to it or a lid with the springs on it. I haven't figured out what to do with our big dogs, either- I don't want them dirtying up the back seat area, so might try to find some soft sided dog crates to fit back there with the seats up.
I am quite pleased with the truck for a commuting vehicle on a very busy highway with deer and snow and big trucks. My gas mileage has ranged from about 14 mpg, to a strange high of 18 mpg last week, with 17 as the typical.
Thanks for the advice.