While we always like to focus on the positive side of RV travel, it is important to recognize that with a larger vehicle comes a larger responsibility for safety. From defensive driving to personal security at the campground and being prepared for major breakdowns with an RV Warranty, this blog will offer easy tips to ensure safe travel.
Though it seems a pretty obvious point to mention, our first tip for driving is to know the height of your vehicle. Some of the most common RV accidents happen below bridges and overpasses due to misjudging your height by just a few inches. Our best advice? Keep a post-it note on your dash that has your exact height written on it–better safe than sorry! Also, when your motorhome, travel trailer or 5th wheel is too heavy it puts an inordinate amount of pressure on braking and steering, making you vulnerable to traffic accidents. Always weigh your coach when fully loaded, and compare this number to the manufacturer established vehicle weight rating. And lastly, when driving remember to always share the road! Small vehicles are like spiders–they’re often more afraid of you than you are of them! Stay in the slow lane and utilize mirrors and turn signals for maximum safety. Just remember to have your RV Insurance in place before you hit the road, as accidents do happen.
For personal safety in unknown territories, and especially when travelling alone, consider installing a dead bolt on the door of your RV. Also, look into some various forms of deterring unwelcome guests, ranging from a kind dog with a mean bark, to a window sticker which boasts of the security system you may or may not actually have. Another deterrent commonly used amongst full-time RV-ers is a small blinking light visible from the dash. This can come from the LED light on just about anything, from a battery-operated toy to the lights that runners wear when jogging at night. Placing this near your dash can deter unwanted guests from trying to break into a motorhome that they assume is protected. Before leaving for a trip always check your fire extinguisher and smoke alarms, and replace batteries as needed. And finally, some safety items to keep on hand include: flash lights, jumper cables, road flares, and of course the phone number of your favorite Wholesale Warranties RV Warranty specialist in case you have a breakdown!
You may not know what unexpected circumstances are likely to meet you on the road, but you can make sure that you’re prepared for them. Following a few simple safety tips can erase the worry, leaving room for the fun and relaxation of a family RV trip.
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