Motorhome Driving Safety Guide
Motorhome rentals safe driving tips
Be aware that you are driving a much larger and heavier vehicle than a car. This will cause the motorhome to react differently from what you may be used to. Failure to follow this motorhome safety information may result in an accident, injury or death. Obey all local, state and federal traffic laws. Plan your route in advance and know the vehicles
Refueling (Gasoline and Propane)
Refueling of your motorhome with gasoline and propane releases highly flammable fumes. It is therefore mandatory to TURN OFF any spark emitting appliances (engine, refrigerator, water heater, furnace, etc.) before fueling. Turn off the engine and the battery disconnect switch by the entry door.
Hills and mountain driving
When driving your motorhome in hilly and mountainous areas engage the transmissions tow/haul mode (button location described in renter’s manual). This setting will provide improved pulling power for uphill and engine braking with transmission downshifts for downhill driving. To prevent brake overheating engage the tow/haul mode any time extra braking is required. Higher engine speed and noise are normal in tow/haul mode. Adjust your speed according to road and traffic conditions!
Selecting a lower gear manually on steep downgrades may still be necessary in tow/haul mode. Consult the motorhome renter’s manual for more details!
Watch for low overpasses, overhanging trees or roof edges. If needed, have a passenger step outside and guide you past the obstacle.
Use caution or stop if necessary when traveling in high wind conditions. Do not ignore wind warnings on the radio or by traffic officers. When trucks park along the road – stop as well.
Following distance – Distance in seconds:
The braking distance of your motorhome is much greater than for a car. Keep a greater distance to the vehicle in front of you! Keep to the 1,2,3,4,5 rule to make sure you have a safe stopping distance.
Driving at night
If you are driving your motorhome at night, be aware that in many rural areas ( especially in the open areas of the western states of USA and in Australia and New Zealand ) wildlife and in some areas livestock can be encountered on the roads. Adjust your speed accordingly.
Tunnels and narrow roads
Drive slowly in tunnels and on narrow mountain roads. Many roads in National and State Parks have been built long before motor homes were common vehicles. If you slow down when roads
Maneuvering & parking
The rear of the motor home swings out wide and clips corners when you make turns. Allow for
extra room when making turns and parking.
Park the motor home in an area with a lot of free space and use more than one spot to ensure other cars do
not park too close.
Break‐in and theft
Motor homes can be a target of thieves. Keep all doors locked while vehicle is in motion. Do not leave valuables like cameras, computers, etc. lying out where they can be seen. To prevent somebody from hiding in the vehicle, lock all windows and doors; open all curtains and remove the privacy curtain when leaving the motor home. This helps the police to spot suspicious activities. Should you have fallen victim to a theft or break‐in, call the police and get a police report.
There are some unique traffic rules in North America and some countrys in Europe not commonly encountered elsewhere. So study the rules in the countyrs you intend to visit. Traffic signs are often spelled out.
Passing: Only on a broken line on your side of the road. Only pass if there is no oncoming traffic. The motor home is heavier, longer and slower than a car and needs more room to pass another vehicle.