Have Fun But Never Forget Safe Driving
RVing is truly one of the most exciting recreational activities that families, retirees and friends enjoy. However, it should be remembered that the fun in road trips entails responsible and safe driving. According to statistics, about 1.2 million die each year due to accidents caused by distracted driving and recklessness. Road crashes are often instigated by texting or using mobile phones while sitting behind the wheel, not following traffic lights, disregarding road signs, doing other things while driving such as talking, eating and reading among many others. Truly, the number of road accidents, fatalities and injuries among drivers and passengers will increase if people won’t start to care and value their lives more than anything else. In the case of driving an RV or a motorhome, more extensive precautionary measures should be considered since these vehicles are harder to handle than ordinary cars. That being said, we want to share with you some tips on how you can be a safer driver to make your RV trip a worthwhile, accident-free adventure!
9 Safe Driving Tips for An Accident-Free Adventure!
1. Familiarize yourself with your RV. You may find yourself driving your camper smoothly in the interstate but the same cannot be said in narrow streets and packed parking spaces. Knowing its height, width and length will then be a great advantage.
2. Check your vehicle before hitting the road. This may sound so cliché and you may have heard or read of it so many times. The thing is, it’s worth it. Ensuring that your rig is at its best condition will not only prevent accidents but also save you from spoiling your adventure.
3. The passenger isn’t the co-pilot. There’s only one wheel in your RV so there should only be one driver. Getting driving directions or instructions from a passenger will only cause distractions. So instead of taking orders from another person, just let him or her navigate the map, answer the phone or text for you.
4. Tow your trailer, car or boat properly. Secure them in a way that they won’t get unattached especially when you’re driving uphill or making a turn. Double check your hitch and make sure that it’s in perfect condition.
5. Have an equal weight distribution. This way, you’ll prevent your trailer or towed car from swaying, you’ll have better wind resistance and even save on fuel.
6. Stay alert. Driving when you are tired, sleepy or intoxicated is definitely not a smart thing to do. Should you need to eat, rest or doze off, do so before getting on the road so you won’t compromise you and your passengers’ safety!
7. Wear your seatbelt. Aside from the fact that it’s stated in the law, know that many drivers who survived road accidents were in fact saved by their seatbelts.
8. Be weather compatible. Prepare your RV so that it can endure specific weather and season conditions. For instance, make sure that it has enough liquid during summer to avoid engine overheating. On the other hand, don’t forget to winterize your RV if you want to take a trip during the cold month of December.
9. Know your road signs and follow traffic lights. Also ensure that your signal, headlights and brake lights are working to avoid collisions.
These are just some of the safe driving tips we can think of. If you have other tips to add to this list, please feel free to share. Just add them as comments below and we’ll definitely appreciate it! So the next time you drive back, remember, be a defensive and not an aggressive driver.