3 Tips for RV Travel Safety


If you’re someone who loves to travel nationwide in your RV, you are among countless people with a similar lifestyle.

Getting behind the wheel of your RV can be one of the more exhilarating drives you take in life, allowing you to see much of what the U.S. and the rest of North America for that matter have to offer.

That said doing so with a high emphasis on safety should always be your top priority.

Given that RV’s are much more to handle than a regular vehicle, it is important that you consider what you’re driving when it comes to speed, braking etc.

If RV’s are a part of your life, make sure safety is too.

Making an RV Trip a Safe One

In order to make your RV adventures as safe as possible, remember these three tips:

  1. Vehicle safety – First and foremost, how safe is your RV? Although you may think all is fine, have you given it a thorough maintenance checkup as of late? If not, you could be missing an issue or two, so make sure a mechanic looks at it regularly. As part of that safety regimen, you are also responsible for outfitting your vehicle with as much safety gear as possible. For example, adding a RV rear view camera will assist you in making sure you can see everyone and everything behind you. Keep in mind that other vehicles and individuals for that matter can come up behind you in a moment’s notice. As a result, you may not see them until it is too late. With the camera in your possession, you greatly lessen the odds of backing into someone or something. Another piece of equipment to certainly have aboard your RV is an emergency tool kit. Keep in mind that such a tool kit involves having more than just a screwdriver or two and a hammer. A proper tool kit should include items such as a first aid kit, tow rope, jumper cables, emergency reflective triangles and more. Although you hope to never have a breakdown, being prepared for one is always the course to take;
  2. Driving habits – Would you consider yourself a safe RV driver? While the answer to that question is hopefully a yes, the facts are some drivers are an accident waiting to happen when they get behind the wheels of their RVs. As a result, make sure you drive with caution (without being paranoid), allowing you and your loved ones to return safely home from each adventure. Also make sure that you avoid using your mobile device while behind the wheel. If you have two or more drivers in the RV, only use your mobile device when you’re a passenger. As tempting as it might be to use it while driving, taking your eyes off the road for even a couple of seconds can have disastrous consequences for you and others.

Don’t Let the Weather Scare You

  1. Weather alerts – Depending on what time of the year you travel in your RV, you very well might run into inclement weather, be it snow or rain. Always make sure you follow the weather forecasts, noting if any pending storms are headed your way. If the weather is slated to take a turn for the worse, you’re better off holding up at an RV camp or a hotel until things improve. Since you are likely in your RV on vacation, there is no need to drive through dangerous weather just to make it to your destination.

By properly outfitting your RV with safety and comfort in mind, your trips should provide you with a lifetime of memories.