I'm Driving A Truck For The First Time. What Do You Want To Know?

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If you’ve been following me on Jalopnik for a while now, you know that I have strong feelings about trucks. As in, I don’t like them. Now, I finally have the opportunity to put my convictions to the test. I’ll be driving a 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4. What would you fine people like to know about this machine?

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I have thus far defined my life around the fact that I am Not A Truck Person. I like small cars. Hatchbacks. The kind of car that my husband hates because he says that, one day, I’ll get creamed in an accident and my three-foot-long car will squish into oblivion. Anything bigger than that? No, sir. Even driving my parent’s Nissan Rogue feels like I’m piloting a yacht into the ether.

I am 5'3", which means that I struggle to see over the steering wheel in most vehicles that a reasonably sized human could drive. A truck just seems egregious. If I’m going to need a boost to climb into the cab, I’m probably going to struggle to find a comfortable—and safe—driving position.

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I mean, I went off-roading in a Jeep for the first time this year. I could barely see over the steering wheel. It was a running joke all weekend because I was sitting on the very edge of my seat and could still barely see. Look at this. Just look at it:

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Illustration for article titled Im Driving A Truck For The First Time. What Do You Want To Know?
Photo: Boyd Janes - OnX Offroad
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Photo: Boyd Janes - OnX Offroad
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Where am I? Is a ghost driving that Jeep? How could I get behind the wheel of anything bigger?

But I’m doing it. A Girl’s Guide to Cars has arranged for me to drive my first truck, and I’ll also have the opportunity to share the experience with you all.

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So. What do you want to know—either about my first truck driving experience or about the Power Wagon itself?

Weekends at Jalopnik. Managing editor at A Girl's Guide to Cars. Lead IndyCar writer and assistant editor at Frontstretch. Novelist. Motorsport fanatic.

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DISCUSSION

Once you’re done driving the RAM, it would be interesting to get your take on a smaller truck, like a Tacoma, Ranger, etc. This could be a Goldilocks situation.