There is so much freedom when it comes to traveling in an RV. However, getting behind the wheel of one for the first time can be intimidating. It is not just the size of an RV that takes some getting used to—it is being aware of the challenges that come with piloting a big rig. Here are six valuable tips for driving large RVs that will keep you and your rig safe.
Just like a plane needs a pre-flight check before heading into the skies, drivers need to check their rig prior to getting on the road. Before you even get in the RV, walk around the rig and check to make sure the tires are inflated correctly, all the hoses and power cords are stored away, all slide-outs are back in place, all doors are closed, and there are no large objects in the way of the vehicle (like tree branches).
In a large RV, there are significant blind spots. So don’t be afraid to ask your co-pilot or even fellow RVer to help guide you in or out of a space. RV drivers are always willing to help each other out!
It’s Not NASCAR
RVs have powerful engines, but that is no reason to speed. Lower speeds not only save money at the pump, they also make you safer on the road. By maintaining a constant moderate speed, drivers can save up to 30 percent on fuel and are better able to react to road conditions and other drivers.
Don’t Rock the Boat
RVs have a high center of gravity, so don’t make sudden lane changes or sharp turns, which could lead to the RV yaws or rocking back-and-forth. Take sharp corners a little wider than you would with a normal vehicle. If large gusts of wind hit your RV, don’t overcorrect. Try to get the RV level and drive in a straight line.
Don’t head out onto the road in the RV without being prepared. Make sure your big rig is stocked with extra water, roadside emergency tools (flares, caution signs), guides, and a reliable atlas.
As you see, a few small preparations and adjustments to your driving habits can go a long way when driving a large vehicle such as an RV. Happy and safe travels!