Safety Tips for Driving Your RV

Driving safely can mean the difference between life and death, so it’s imperative to learn and abide by the rules of the road. Whether you’re a less experienced driver or a senior who would like to brush up on the best ways to stay safe behind the wheel, there are many things to consider when driving your RV on your next road trip.

One of the first things you should do is get familiar with your vehicle. If your RV is new or if you don’t drive it that often, be sure to go over where everything is before you start your engine. Different models have different locations for the same button or switch, so familiarize yourself with where everything is.

Being prepared and comfortable with your RV is the first step. Read on for more tips on how to drive your campervan safely.

Minimize distractions

Safe driving is dependent on minimizing distractions. Playing music, talking to passengers, and looking at your phone may not seem that risky, but these actually are very dangerous activities because they take your attention away from the road. All it takes is a split second of inattention to put you and your passengers in danger.

Keep distractions at bay by preselecting a playlist to listen to for the drive, keeping passengers to a minimum (especially if you are an inexperienced RV driver), and putting your phone away the entire time you’re behind the wheel. If you know you’ll need to deal with important phone calls while you’re driving, set up a Bluetooth to connect your phone to your camper van’s stereo system, and put your phone in a dashboard holder to keep it closer to eye level.

Be patient

Slow drivers may wear on your patience, but it’s important to keep your wits about you, especially if the roads are wet or slick. Stay a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, especially if you’re on a curvy or two-lane road. If you’re on a tight schedule, leave early to give yourself enough of a cushion to arrive on time in case you run into traffic or get stuck behind someone who isn’t in as big of a hurry as you are.

Many people have at least one accident across the span of their lifetimes, and some have many more than that. Sometimes, an accident that doesn’t seem like that big a deal (such as a fender bender) can actually cause pain later. No matter how small an accident is, it’s always a good idea to get the other driver’s information and establish a timeline. If you start to feel pain in your neck or back, see a doctor right away because these injuries can cause chronic pain later in life. In fact, one study showed that people who have been involved in an accident are 84% more likely to develop chronic pain.

For more information on how an accident in your RV can contribute to health issues, read more here.

Keep your RV in good shape

It’s imperative to make sure your RV is in good condition before every trip. Check your tires, windshield wipers, and gas gauge before setting out. Make sure your windshield is clean, especially if you’re going to be driving with the sun in your eyes, because the bright sunlight on the horizon can really reduce visibility if your windshield is dirty. Get the oil changed regularly as well, and make sure fluids are topped off before you leave.

When venturing out on your next road trip, there are several things you can do to help you avoid getting in an accident in your RV. By familiarizing yourself with your vehicle, minimizing distractions, being patient, and keeping your RV in good condition, you can arrive at your destination safely.

Camping Checklist: 5 Camping Essentials

Are you ready to tackle the great outdoors? Getting away from the concrete jungle offers a world of benefits for your mind and body. Camping, and all the rustic charm and beauty that comes with it, can lower your stress improve your mood and reconnect you with nature. On top of that, the hauling and hiking will get your muscles moving in ways that a sedentary office job never has. Camping is a way to unplug from our technology addictions and live joyfully in the simplicity of nature.

With all that said, you can’t just throw a tent in the back of your car and go. Camping takes planning, problem solving and critical thinking. You have to ask yourself some important questions and do your research before you lace up those hiking boots and hit the trail.

Weather
You’ve circled the long weekend on your calendar weeks ago and the countdown is nearly at an end. When you chose this time of year, the weather could have been hot, mild, warm or cool — but that doesn’t mean nature kept up with the status quo. Check for rain, sun or other weather patterns just around the bend. If you’ve been planning to camp near a river or a stream, or your campsite requires you to hike across it, be sure to take a look at water levels. Most importantly, be sure to learn the weather forecast for morning, noon and night. Some of the best camping in the country, like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, are known for having 20-30 degree fluctuations in a single day.

Cooking
When packing for a camping trip you have to think about a lot of contingencies. First, consider food. Will you be cooking over a campfire, grilling or surviving off granolas and apples? Once you decide how you’ll cook your food, you’ll know what you need to do ahead of time to make cooking a breeze.

(Speaking of cooking and breezes, you’ll need to consider how you can prevent wildfires on your camping trip. Wildfires are surprisingly easy to start and extremely dangerous. If you plan to cook over a campfire, you need have an effective way to put it out, like with sand or water, and don’t ever leave a campfire unattended or walk away from a stove or lantern that’s still hot.)

Location
You’ve been looking forward to hiking that Colorado peak to a crystal clear alpine lake for months. You’ve read blogs, flipped through books and talked with the experts at your local camping gear retailer. But if you think that your iPhone GPS will get you there, you’re in for a big shock. The more remote your trip, the more you’ll need to rely on other forms of orienteering, like maps and compasses.

Be sure to also research your intended campsite. Some sites will have potable water, grills and toilets, while others are more primitive. By reviewing the campsite, the drive and the hike, you can be ready for anything nature throws your way.

Safety
No matter where you’re camping, whether it’s in an RV near civilization or at the top of your state’s highest peak, safety should always be a concern. The first thing you should pack, and the quickest to get to, should be a well-stocked first-aid kit. Be sure to have an updated kit with bandages, antiseptic and ointment for the uncomfortably itchy plants that can irritate the skin.

It’s also important to know which kinds of wildlife live in the areas where you’ll be camping and how to make sure your campsite won’t attract them. Consider coolers that lock, heavy duty garbage bags hung high in the trees and clearing food from your site before turning in for the night.

Camping is a great experience. By It’s an escape from the craziness of our busy lives, with an opportunity to experience life in a simple, and incredible, way.

By James Strand

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