RV’ing can be a fun way to see the world and spend time with your family. But because it’s bigger and heavier than an average car or truck, there are additional hazards that come with owning and operating an RV. Many RV accidents can be avoided by following these helpful tips.
- Know the weight capacity of your RV.
- Perform a complete pre-trip inspection.
- Check the tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, taillights, turn signals, belts, oil levels, hitch and other towing equipment, and windshield wipers before heading out.
During the Trip Tips:
- Know your RV’s height.
- Watch your speed, especially at night and during dusk.
- Slow down on blind curve areas of the roadway.
- Use your high beams at night to see animals and other obstructions.
- Always wear a seat belt—it’s your best safety defence.
After the Trip Tips:
- Clear out any food and garbage.
- Store the RV in a safe, secure location.
In the event that you get into an accident while driving your RV, be sure to pull off to the site of the road and call the local police department. If the accident involves two or more vehicles, make sure the other drivers are okay.