Originally Posted by Oma/opa
About to pull the trigger on a 2017 Seneca 37TS in Florida. Having never driven one, let alone one that big, whats it going to be like driving it back to northern Ohio???????
Be aware it doesn't accelerate, and certainly does not brake, like a sports car. Give yourself lots of room to merge and pass. If the others drivers let you, leave lots of room between anything you are following and yourself. Sitting up high in the cab does give you great forward vision, use it to anticipate and adjust to what is coming ahead.
Also be very aware of the rear end "swing". At slow speeds, if you turn sharply the tail will swing wide. If you are not careful it could strike something beside you like a signpost, pole, vehicle, etc.
Many of us have found the headlights to be weak compared to many modern cars. They frequently are way out of adjustment, but even when correctly aimed they are not great. I have upgraded mine with led bulbs and they are much better. So if you do any night driving just take that into account.
You also have air brakes. They "feel" somewhat different than what you may be used to. Not a bad feeling, just different and may take a bit of getting used to. If air brake-equipped Senecas were commercial vehicles you would need a CDL to drive them, with the air brake training required as part of the CDL training. But for us Ohioans our regular operator's license is all that is required. But I would suggest you educate yourself on how air brakes operate and how they fail. It is different that our car's juice brakes!
May the adventures begin!