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Safe Driving Tips for RV Drivers

Now that summer is in full swing, you may be more inclined to travel in a RV. If you've never driven an RV before, then you may not be aware of the various safety measures that go along with driving the automobile. Before you head out on the road, make sure you are equipped to get behind the wheel. The following techniques may be able to assist you.

This Summer, Be Safe in Your RV

As mentioned, if you’re going to be traveling via RV this summer, then there are a few pieces of information you should become educated on. Below, you will find various categories and information that is very important.

The Height

As you may not be used to driving bigger and taller vehicles, you need to understand that RVs sit high off the ground, meaning you will have limitations as to where you can go. Therefore, it will be important for you to become familiar with the following: the height clearance of roads, bridges, service stations, and obstacles (i.e. tree branches).

The Lengths

As with the height, you will most likely not be used to the width of the RV. You will need to be mindful of the length of the automobile when parking for the following: fuel, food, and lodging. You need to make sure you're properly parked, not leaving too much space between the RV and the curb, parking block, etc.

Braking

Braking with an RV is very different than braking with a car or truck — you will need more time to successfully slow down or come to a stop. Before getting on the highway or amongst a busy road, you may wish to try practicing in a parking lot or deserted area. The same can be said for speeding. It's important to make sure that you are comfortable when it comes to increasing and decreasing you speed.

Safety First

You have a responsibility to always practice safe driving techniques. Therefore, if you've never properly driven an RV, make sure you are comfortable and familiar with the automobile before heading out on the road.



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