How to Travel Safely in your RV
Traveling in your RV is a great way to spend time with your family and enjoy the outdoors. It’s bringing along an entire home, just in a compact version. But just as you’re responsible for safety in your house, you’re also responsible for safety in your RV. Make sure you’re following all the best safety practices and are equipped with all the right safety gear. To make sure you’re up to date on these things, Ryan’s RV Town has provided some of our best safety suggestions. Another important safety practice is to make sure your RV is in peak working condition and safe to drive. If you need a professional to look over your rig, schedule a service appointment at our location in Everett, Washington. We welcome all RV owners from the communities of Seattle, Tacoma, and the entire Pacific Northwest.
Even if an emergency isn’t life-threatening, not being prepared for it can make your day stressful, if not completely miserable. For example, having painkillers for headaches and other pains can make the difference between an afternoon outside and an afternoon in bed. You’ll also want to protect yourself and your campers from other dangerous, so bring along necessary items like sunglasses and sunscreen, as well as bug spray. Finally, a first aid kit is also important for minor abrasions and cuts.
Prepare for Emergency Situations
The next step up is to be on guard and ready for more serious emergencies. Make sure your RV has at least one fire extinguisher, and we highly recommend having more than one scattered throughout your interior and maybe even one for outside your RV where you’ll probably host a number of campfires. You might want models that are built for different kinds of fires, say one built for electrical fires and one built for liquid fires, like gasoline.
It’s also a good idea to be prepared in the event of a breakdown. There will certainly be times in which you’ll have to call the tow truck, but having basic tools can help tie you over until you can find a professional to take a look. At the very least, you’ll want supplies like a jack and spare tire in the event of a blowout.
Safety on the Road
Once you have all the right safety gear, you’ll want to make sure you can get to your destination safely, for the sake of you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road. You’ll be much heavier, no matter what kind of RV you use, and an accident can have serious consequences for everyone involved.
Consider how braking changes in this scenario. If you’re towing your RV, then your brakes will have to accommodate for weight they weren’t built to handle on a regular basis. If you’re driving a motorhome, your braking system is of a different variety altogether. Either way, you’re going to need to give yourself plenty of time to stop, as slamming on the brakes won’t be as effective anymore. Allow for at least four to five seconds of follow space between you and the car in front of you, especially when you’re traveling at high speeds.
You’ll also want to be wary of how easily your RV can catch wind, especially the tall ones. Even the gust of a passing vehicle can push your rig around, so try not to panic and simply keep your course as best you can.
The best piece of advice we can give you for becoming more comfortable driving your RV is to practice. Find a large, empty parking lot to help you relearn basic driving skills like braking, parking, reversing, and turning. You’ll also want to work your way up to driving on the highway to practice high-speed maneuvering and merging.
As fun as it is to hit the road for your next camping trip, you’ll want to make sure you and your fellow campers are all covered in the event of an emergency, no matter how minor or how serious. If you’re still looking for the perfect RV, then stop by Ryan’s RV Town in Everett, Washington to see what in-stock models we have right now. We proudly serve the areas of Seattle, Tacoma, and the entire Pacific Northwest.