Traveling Safely — Tips To Keep You, Your Family And Your Possessions Safe While On The Road

Doing a tour of the country in an RV is certainly a thrilling way to see a variety of destinations. However, RV’s are large vehicles, and most are trailers, which you may not be used to towing. One of the many concerns that crop up with a towing trailer is its weight. RV weight can vary greatly, and the towing vehicle needs to be able to accommodate the RV.

You already have the ability to drive an RV if you’re a skilled car driver. However, like all drivers, an RV operator can be placed in an emergency situation at any point. Good defensive driving techniques will keep you from being involved in accidents. Always keep a three-second or more following distance from the vehicle ahead of you. Also, you should always use your vehicle’s mechanical signals when you move in and out of traffic.

Here are some free RV safety tips: Look over all your RV’s gear and systems at least a week before you take to the open road. Always examine tires, brakes, jacks, lights, oil, radiator, belts, horn, shocks, steering, windshield wipers and washers, lubrication and other critical equipment. Tires are one of the most important factors to safe RVing. Well-adjusted brakes are also crucial.

Tools to keep handy:

It’s easy to let your guard down at times and overlook the fact that not everybody you come across will be as law abiding as you might be. RVer’s are a prime target for the criminal mind. To reduce the probability that you will be a victim, take these precautions:

  • Rest stops attract criminals, so never stay overnight
  • Get in the habit of locking the doors when no one is in the RV
  • Schedule stops at gas stations, convenience stores and ATM’s during daylight hours, and be aware of your surroundings whenever you stop
  • Always park in a well-lit area with the entry door of the RV facing where most of the action is
  • Keep any valuables inside the RV secured and out of sight
  • Do not store valuable equipment in outside storage compartments — many of these compartments can be accessed with keys belonging to any other RV

Plan your trip carefully before you set out. Driving too fast or for long periods of time can cause fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel. Limit your driving time to 5 or 6 hours per day. Stay alert and monitor what is going on around you at all times. Avoid driving or pulling your RV during bad weather and high winds. Finally, stay safe and smart, and enjoy your RV experience.

Adam O’Connor