Traveling in an RV is fun and relaxing, but it comes with its share of risks. All the space in a motorhome is great for letting you stretch out your legs while on the road, but that doesn’t mean you should be moving around while your rig is rolling down the highway. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your motorhome and keep the family safe when you are on the road.
Be Careful with the Cabinets
Open a top cabinet when the motorhome is moving and everything inside could come crashing down on you. Avoid falling objects and trying to juggle multiple falling items by being careful when you pack. Don’t overload cabinets, and try to keep any stacked items low so they won’t fall over. If you need something out of the cupboard, wait until the RV is stopped to try getting it out. Before you open the cabinet door, make sure no one is seated directly below or near the cabinet.
Seatbelts on Board
Motorhomes are equipped with seatbelts in select seats. The manufacturers recommend that you actually use them. The safest place for children in any RV is in a seat that is equipped with a safety restraint.
Remain Seated while the Ride is in Motion
Traveling in a motorhome is certainly comfortable, and the kids can sit at the dining room table and play card games while you are heading down the highway. However, they should remain seated while the vehicle is in motion. Balancing in a moving RV is harder than it looks, and you don’t want your little one to fall and get hurt. Make sure they have their cards, drinks and other necessities before you get on the road, and pull over after a few hours so they can stretch and move around.
Invest in Anti-Slide Mats
Available at the RV stores and even in the grocery stores, anti-slide mats are cushioned rubber mats that cling to surfaces. They stay put on counters and in cabinets. More importantly, they help items placed on top of them stay put. Use them on the flat surfaces of your RV while traveling. The kids can use one on the kitchen table to keep the game board in one place, and you can use one on the kitchen counter to keep small items in one place.
You are looking forward to taking a long trip in the motorhome, and it’s certain to be more comfortable than riding in a car. However, you need to remain safe at the same time. Use these tips when on the road to avoid falls, keep the kids safe and prevent items from flying out of the cabinets when the doors are opened.