There are certain precautions you should take in order to stay safe out there on the road. Take a minute to look over these important RV safety tips below.
Know your vehicle size. Most RV accidents happen because of their additional weight and size. For example, an RV operator sometimes drive under an overpass that’s too low not realizing the additional height their RV causing an accident. Make a note of your RV’s height and always keep a look out for ride height whenever riding under overpasses. Also, it’s always wise to keep the same information in mind about tunnels and bridges along your route. Quick Tip: There are road atlas’s specifically made for semi drivers and RVers.
Develop an RV Maintenance regimen. Having an RV maintenance regimen for your RV maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you and your recreational vehicle are safe at all times. You don’t want your RV randomly breaking down on you while you’re out there on the road.
Here’s a quick maintenance checklist that you can use to go over each time before you get behind the wheel:
Have a contingency plan for an unexpected breakdown. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be there just in case of an emergency. Also, it’s always wise to have a dedicated pre-paid cell phone just for your RV in case you lose yours or your battery dies before you get to make a call. Having a backup can be a lifesaver.
Pre-Plan for tough weather. Heavy rain, wind, fog or ice can make driving an RV treacherous. If you can avoid it, try to plan your trip around the bad weather or factor in the extra time so can delay your trip if necessary.
Always wear your seatbelt. Just like in a standard automobile, wearing your seatbelt is super important. The law doesn’t require Recreational vehicles to have seat belts in every area of the RV but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Most RV Accidents Happen When:
For additional RV safety tips and information please visit the RV Safety & Education Foundation.
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