You want to stay safe anytime you hit the road. Traveling in a motorhome is comfortable, but you still need to take steps to avoid an accident. Because of the added length and width, trying to keep track of what’s going on around you on the road can be challenging. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to ensure that you arrive safely.
Invest in a rear-view camera for your motor coach. You never know when you might have to back up, and the camera will help you avoid hazards like bikes, pets and unpacked luggage. It’s a small expense that will spare you a great deal of headaches.
Know your Blind Spots
With the help of a partner, learn where the blind spots are in your RV. Imprint them on your brain and keep them in mind while driving. Checking over your shoulder is essential if you are changing lanes to the left. Have the person traveling with you check over their shoulder when you need to go right. You can also enlist the kids by having them check out their windows for sedans that are traveling along your side.
Sports cars are made to zip along at eighty miles an hour, but recreational vehicles are not. Trailers can start to whip around if you go too fast, and motorhomes are at risk for rolling over if you don’t take it easy on sharp turns. Avoid these problems by slowing down the pace. It will take you longer to arrive at your destination, but that’s okay. After all, you bought an RV so you could enjoy the trip as well as the destination.
The first thing truck drivers are taught is that their rigs will not stop on a dime. The same rule applies to motorhomes and travel trailers. Your vehicle has a lot of weight riding on it, so it will take longer to stop. In addition to embracing a slower speed, you should also increase the distance between your front bumper and other vehicles.
You will have to be diligent when traveling with your RV. Let the kids help by telling you if a car is sitting in your blind spot, and don’t be ashamed to use the snazzy camera when backing up. Choose a slower pace and allow yourself plenty of space in front of you. These simple tips will help you arrive at your destination safe, healthy and ready to enjoy the vacation.