Driving a recreational vehicle may be a bit intimidating, especially to beginners. They are much different from driving a car because they are a lot bigger.
But a recreational vehicle can be as easy to drive as a car if it has power brakes and automatic transmission. So here are the best tips on driving an RV.
You may be an expert driver when it comes to cars, but still, you need to practice drive in a recreational vehicle. Practice driving can help you get the hang of driving a recreational vehicle.
This will prepare you for your real driving to camp adventure. Practice driving will help you get to know your recreational vehicle well.
Important factors need to be considered when driving a recreational vehicle. Things like parking your recreational vehicle, backing up, turning around, and a lot more basic routines which, when done with a car is different when done with a recreational vehicle.
Stop if you are not clear on where you are going. Never attempt to squeeze your recreational vehicle into tight spots when parking. The rear and side mirrors are very important, especially when backing up. Use them.
That is why practice driving is very important before you dive into the actual driving adventure in your recreational vehicle.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Take note of significant turns, and other important Planning your trip can ease stress on your part. Making a plan will help you to study your course well. Getting acquainted with the route you are going to take will help you to familiarize your self with the area.
Acquaint your self with important details along the way to avoid possible accidents.
It will also be advantageous on your part if you take note of gas stations along the route you are going to take. This will help you plan out on when and where to gas up. Being aware of this can help you save and make an estimate on the amount of fuel your recreational vehicle will need and will be consuming.
ALWAYS STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE
Most countries have the “right lane” traffic rule. So remember to always stay on the right side of the road. Unless of course the country you are in drives on the left side of the road. But generally, staying on the right side of the road will at least, keep you safe.
Slow vehicles, like your recreational vehicle, must always stay on the far right side of the road. Staying on the far right lane of the road will help you see better behind you by using the driver side mirror.
It will also be convenient to stop on the side of the road if there is an emergency if you drive on the far right lane. Most countries have the “right lane” traffic rule. So remember to always stay on the right side of the road. Unless of course the country you are in drives on the left side of the road.
THE HEIGHT OF YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
It is also imperative that you know how tall your recreational vehicle is. Why? So you will know if it can pass certain overpasses or covered bridges.
Knowing how tall your recreational vehicle is will prevent the problem of not being able to pass through passageways which are too small for your recreational vehicle to pass through, or else risk losing your recreational vehicle’s roof. That is why it is very important to know what your recreational vehicle’s clearance level is.
SLOW BUT SURE
When driving in an interstate highway, it does not mean you need to drive fast as if you are in a race. Remember that you are driving a recreational vehicle. It is much bigger and heavier than a regular car.
Driving safely in an interstate highway means you have to do some actions slowly. By these actions, we mean things like changing lanes or making a turn. You need to have your signal light on in advance in the direction you are going. Then execute the action slowly, but surely.
BE ALERT AND PREPARED
Never ever forget that you are driving a recreational vehicle, and not a regular car. Recreational vehicles are much bigger than regular vehicles.
It cannot drive as fast as the other vehicles around you. It is always best that you learn how to anticipate possible actions by other drivers. You will need ample space or allowance when you break before your recreational vehicle comes to a complete stop.
You cannot maneuver your recreational vehicle to do things that you can do with a regular vehicle. Your recreational vehicle needs clearance to be able to accomplish some maneuvers.
Also, always be alert for in case somebody darts right from behind you. Always anticipate and prepare for this situation. Your side mirror will be a big help so you can see behind you.
LISTEN TO WEATHER REPORTS
Now, this is important also. Listening to weather reports and forecasts can help you plan your course. Try to stay away from areas where the weather is not good.
Continuing on your trip despite bad weather may be hazardous. Roads will be slippery, and in case you are not aware of it, your recreational vehicle is a big thing. Maneuvering it through slippery roads might be difficult.
Your options, in case an area you are supposed to pass through is experiencing bad weather, is to find another route, or park and stay parked until the bad weather passes.
LAND AND ROCK SLIDES AND OTHER FALLING DEBRIS
Generally, going camping means you explore and go through mountainous areas to enjoy more of nature. Know which parts of your planned route are mountainous.
When passing through these terrains, be prepared of the possibility of a landslide, soil erosion, rock slides, or falling debris. Always be on the lookout for these things.
The truckers are the most experienced drivers when we talk about interstate highways. Observe how they move and learn from them.
The truckers usually know which lane is safest, which route is best, and a lot more other helpful things. It will also help if you have a CB radio where you can listen in to their conversation.
They usually advise each other on what lies ahead on the road. If there are accidents or whatever situations which may affect the other truckers’ trips. They do this through their CB radios.
AVOID DIFFICULT PLACES
By this, we mean places which have rough terrain and maybe too remote and unsafe for you to spend several days on.
Be responsible campers and know the limitations not only of your stamina and capability but also the capacity and capability of your recreational vehicle. Do not push your recreational vehicle to go through very rough terrain if it is not designed for it.
If you do force your recreational vehicle to tackle very rough terrain, you might cause damage to it. And worse, you might and up being stranded on a remote, hard to reach the area. Good thing if help will be accessible and will be able to come to your aid right away.
A WELL MAINTAINED RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Maintenance does not just hold true with recreational vehicles. It should also be done to other vehicles. A properly maintained recreational vehicle (or any other vehicle at that) will make your trip safer.
If you maintain your vehicle properly and regularly, then you will be able to fix whatever is needed to be fixed, clean whatever is needed to be cleaned, and change whatever parts are needed to be changed.
This way, possible accidents will be avoided and prevented. And besides, a properly maintained vehicle will last long.
When driving, or even when engaging in certain activities, it will help a lot if you are well rested. Driving when you lack sleep can make possible accidents happen.
You will be putting the lives of your family and whoever is traveling with you at risk if you drive without resting properly. Long drives can be very tiring. So when you take long drives, it will help if you have somebody with you who can take your place when it comes to driving so you can rest.
If you have nobody with you who knows how to drive a recreational vehicle and take your place while you rest, it would be best if you find somewhere safe to park and try to get some rest before you continue with your trip.
A lot of accidents may possibly happen if you cannot concentrate on your driving because you are tired. So make sure you get enough rest before you hit the road.
Safe driving starts with a safe and cautious driver. Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, it is always best to follow traffic rules and regulations. Learn and educate your self about road signs and road courtesy.
Simple these things may be though, but if you follow it and take it to heart, it will not only be a big help to you, as a driver but to your passengers as well (and other commuters also).
It is also best that you acquaint your self with your vehicle, and get to know it properly before you go into the task of driving long drives to the campsite you have selected. So, Have fun, but be safe.
So, I hope these tips on driving an RV can help you out.
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