If you’re planning one last road trip before the summer ends, keep in mind that driving an RV is not like driving a typical car or truck. The added size, weight, and height can significantly affect on the way an RV handles on the road.
Before You Leave
Plan your RV route to avoid small streets and one-way roads whenever possible, since maneuvering an RV is easiest on highways and interstates. You must also keep in mind that the height of your RV will mean that certain tunnels, bridges, overpasses, and parking garages will be inaccessible. Look for a road atlas designed for truck drivers or RV drivers to find a listing of routes you should avoid.
If this is your first time driving an RV or you are driving an unfamiliar vehicle, spend some time practicing in an empty parking lot or other open area to get a feel for how the vehicle handles.
Do a complete inspection of your RV before you hit the road to make sure all of the vehicle’s safety equipment is in working order. If you don’t already have one, consider adding a rear camera accessory that will provide you with an instant view of the traffic behind you.
Passengers in an RV can distract your attention from the road, especially if they are talking, watching television, or listening to music. Make sure that everyone, even young children, understands that the driver of the RV needs to pay attention to the road at all times.
When you are driving in your RV, remember the following safe driving tips:
- The added weight of your vehicle means you’ll need a greater distance to stop. Do not tailgate other drivers.
- Keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times. On a windy day, it’s common for an RV to rock and sway as it’s traveling down the road.
- An RV requires a larger turning radius, so remember that you need to pull out further into the intersection before starting your turn.
- In hilly areas, remember that an RV will pick up speed faster than a car or truck on the downslope. Watch your acceleration to avoid creating a safety hazard.
- When you need to park your RV, have someone directing you into the spot if possible. If you are traveling without another adult, look for a spot where you can pull through so you avoid the need to have to back up the vehicle.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
Practicing safe driving goes a long way towards preventing automobile accidents, but you can’t always account for the actions of others. The experienced attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured in auto accidents caused by the negligence of others. If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent driver, please call us at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992.