Tips to Help You Drive Your RV Safely
If you’re a first-time RV owner, then driving such a large vehicle on long trips can be intimidating, especially if you have a class A motorhome. In this article, we’ve got some tips to help you get the hand of driving your RV and ensuring that you stay safe while doing so.
Take it for test drives
You don’t want your first time driving your RV to be when your family are sat in the back and with all the extra weight of them and your packed belongings. Try to drive it a few times before your trip so you can get used to the different feeling compared to driving a car. It will probably feel unusual at first, but you’ll get better with practice.
Know the size of your vehicle
There’s a lot more to think about when driving a motorhome than driving a car, like whether or not you can fit through that tunnel. You should never be leaving this to chance. It’s important that you know the measurements of your vehicle before you ever hit the road. This way you know for sure whether you can fit under a barrier or a tunnel. You may even be able to plan your route to avoid these barriers.
Know your turning circle
One thing that can be greatly affected by the size of your vehicle is how much space you need to turn. The tail-end of your vehicle will swing out more than a smaller vehicle would. This is something you should try to get used to when taking your RV out for test drives before your trip. Having someone else in the vehicle or stood outside of it to guide you can help you get the hang of this to start with.
Adjust your mirrors
You should always adjust your mirrors before you drive a new vehicle, but visibility is even more important in a larger vehicle where it can be more difficult to see, so make sure you take the time to get your mirrors right.
Err on the side of caution
Your vehicle is heavier and more difficult to handle than the car you’re probably used to driving. So, you should always err on the side of caution, whether that’s in regards to your speed, your position on the road, or your behavior around other drivers. When turning, for example, it’s a good idea to signal earlier than you would normally and start slowing down earlier, too. And it’s better to stick to the right lane as much as possible and keep a greater distance between you and the vehicles around you.
Practice makes perfect, so you’ll find that driving your RV becomes easier the more you do it. Good luck on your first RV trip, and get in touch with Magne Shade to buy all your RV accessories before you travel.← back to news
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