When summer rolls in, many individuals and families for that matter love to get out and vacation.
One means of doing that of course is by hopping in an RV.
Given the room RV’s offer, there is ample space to take family and a few friends along for the ride.
Whether you plan to stay close to home or see as much of North America as possible, safety always needs to be a priority.
Keeping that theme in mind, it is important that you make sure your RV is always prepared for each trip.
So, will your RV and your actions behind the wheel be focus on safety?
Know the Keys to Safety
For your RV experiences to be as safe and enjoyable as possible, keep in mind a couple of tips:
1. RV equipment
Having the right safety equipment in your RV is something you never want to take for granted.
An example of this would be having a wireless backup camera on hand.
Such a device allows you to back up with much more confidence, seeing what is behind you. Take note that it isn’t always vehicles in your rear view mirror that should be of concern. Pedestrians or individuals on bicycles etc. could be passing behind your RV as you start to go in reverse. If so, being able to see them in the clear can prevent an unfolding tragedy.
In shopping for a RV backup camera, do some searching on the Internet before buying. This will allow you to get a good feel for which company offers the best backup cameras. If you choose to buy one, having the knowledge ahead of time of how they work and what they cost is to your benefit.
Other important pieces of equipment for your travels are flares and triangle reflectors.
Both items can be of great use in the event your RV is off to the side of the road for maintenance or even an accident. By alerting oncoming traffic you pulled over, there is less chance of an accident.
In the event you do have to pull off to the side of the road for maintenance, try and do it at a rest stop. If you are off to the side on a busy roadway, it can be hard for other drivers to see if you are fixing a flat tire etc.
2. RV driving
Given a recreational vehicle is much larger than a standard car or even an SUV; it takes more focus to operate it.
That said be sure to avoid the following bad habits:
· Distracted driving – Although you want to have fun on your RV adventures, don’t make a deadly decision. One such decision is not keeping your eyes on the road. From talking to others in the vehicle to using your cell phone, there is always something to distract you.
· Drinking and driving – Always a big no-no, never think it is fine to drink and drive. If you think only one or two drinks won’t have an impact on you, think again. Given the wrong conditions with your body, even one drink can turn deadly.
· Not enough sleep – Do your best to get a good night’s sleep before heading out on the road. With RV’s more involved than a typical family car, it is important you are as fresh as can be when behind the wheel.
With all the fun you can have in your RV in the summer and other times of the year, make them safe.