90%+ of American drivers steer by following the nose of the vehicle, with no awareness of the rear axle of the vehicle following them. In the same way that a similar number have no visceral feel for the starboard side of the vehicle. (The smaller the vehicle, the worse the parking job; lane-centered-ness).
A lifetime of poor situational awareness.
These drivers run over curbs with either axle, but ESPECIALLY the starboard rear; not to mention cutting corners. I find it quite common to observe badly worn shoulders on pickup truck front tires; low tire mileage; all due to drivers FAILING to complete their braking before turning. Rear tire sidewall scuffs/tears are also common.
The fact of driving a long-bed is that vehicle turns are made at a point much farther along the vehicle than the drivers seat as pivot; the driver sits quite far forward on a crew-cab, long-bed pickup.
In essence, all turns are made off of the REAR axle.
Add to this a diesel engine, 4WD and a bit of a load and you have a truck that weighs almost twice as much as a standard half-ton.Think of it this way: a nice ol' 2wd Chev 1500
is closer in weight to a Ford Taurus than it is to the truck described above.
It is very slow to start and to stop, and it's weight/gravity-center requires low speeds. (The reason I prefer a manual transmission in a truck, especially a diesel, is in the amount of extra control and finesse in these situations).
A long-bed requires in a turn that one pull far forward BEFORE cranking the wheel. Takes practice, but it can be done.
It is also the law. One MAY NOT cut corners (enter the others lane). The exception is in right-hand turns onto another street from the curb lane. Then one USUALLY has the R.O.W. a short distance until TV and TT have straightened out. (Yes, that means traffic has to back up, move out of your way; when you are moving legally and they are stationary you have the right of way.
Yes, one is the slowest vehicle on the road, NOT able to "keep up with traffic" that so panics the lemmings. 8,000-lbs, 22-feet long and brakes that are only okay considering average driver reaction times.
As with any truck (with prudent driver), one can adapt and travel, park, and manuever successfully. One is an "impediment to traffic" for only about 10,000-miles until practice is perfected.
But it requires knowledge of the laws, patience and proper LANE DISCIPLINE. One can become a smooth & graceful driver with proper attitude, confidence and acquired knowledge.
It will also make one a helluva lot better driver of all other ordinary conveyances.