Safely driving an RV
For some people new to the RV lifestyle, the actual driving of the vehicle can cause a lot of fear. Let's face it, RVs are big and they don't handle like a sports car or even a family sedan. With a little bit of preparation and practice, new RV drivers can learn how to safely take the wheel of their new toy, according to NewRVer.com.
RVs are taller, longer and heavier than regular automobiles, making driving them a challenge for some people. It's a good idea to know how tall your vehicle is and what the minimum clearance height is before hitting the road. In addition, the weight and size of RVs make them less maneuverable. RV drivers should drive defensively by making changes slowly, braking gradually, and being familiar with the vehicle's handling characteristics.
While most drivers and front seat passengers know the importance of wearing seat belts to avoid being injured in an accident, many people travelling in the back of RVs forget to buckle up. If seatbelts are available, it is important to use them, regardless of location in the vehicle.
Inclement weather can make driving dangerous in any vehicle. Even though RVs are heavier than cars, it's a good idea to pull over or reschedule a trip when weather and visibility are affected.
There are schools that specialize in RV driving across the country. Your dealer, RV publications and books as well as websites and blogs can help you find one that will meet your needs.
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