The great thing about traveling with an RV is the freedom to go wherever you choose, from mountains to deserts and everywhere in between. However, if you’re not prepared you could end up stranded or worse — wrecked.
Staying Safe During RV Travel
Your RV is a fun way to explore the different regions of the country. However, it can be dangerous if you aren’t familiar with the differences that your RV’s weight, size, and visibility demands of your driving. The transition from driving the family car to driving or hauling an RV is different, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be more likely to stay safe.
Get Your RV Serviced
Routine maintenance is crucial for your RV. These visits will include an oil change, fluid checks, brake checks, filter and tire inspections and more. This is especially important if you’re about to embark on a very long road trip.
Pro Tip: Mobile service is a must for RV owners. Use a reputable company that will come to you with minimal wait time.
Get an Emergency Kit
No one wants to be left on the road with a flat tire or a dead battery. It’s always a good idea to have an emergency roadside kit with jumper cables, flares, high visibility cones, flashlight, and air compressor.
Always Travel With a Spare Tire
Just like any vehicle, you should always have a spare tire on hand. If you do not have a spare tire for your RV, then tire sealant is your next option, at least to get you to the nearest gas station.
Increase Following Distances
After some time driving your RV, you’ll start to gain confidence on the road. However, keep in mind that while you may feel like you’re driving a car (especially on highways) you aren’t. It takes an RV longer to brake than a normal vehicle, so increase your following time to make sure you have enough time to slow down.
Avoid Sharp Turns
Turning a large RV requires more radius than a normal vehicle. A sharp turn could find your rear tires up on the curb or scraping a guardrail. Remember to pull out farther into the intersection before starting the turn. Take some time to practice turning with your RV before you head out on a road trip.
Slow For Wind
The wind will definitely impact your RV on the road. The degree of influence it has on how your RV handles will depend on your rig’s, height, width, accessories, and towing situation. Keep a good grip on the steering wheel as your RV rocks and sways from the weather―and when in doubt, slow down.
Stay alert, plan ahead, and drive defensively for safe handling of your RV. When you become one of the bigger rigs on the road, you are responsible for the safety of your passengers as well as the safety of the other vehicles with which you share the road.
A Safe Trip
Before you hit the road, give your ride a once over. Check the tires, wiper blades, fluids, and the belt and hose connections. Make sure your spare is in good shape, too. Then gear up with water, snacks, emergency kit, and physical map.