Safety Tips for Driving Your Motorhome
Motorhome Safety – Is your motorhome safe
Driving a vehicle that is as big as a house can be a real hair-raiser, especially taking into account that these ‘homes’ become bigger and bigger with every year. Manoeuvring all this ‘comfort’ on narrow streets, up- and downhill requires really prominent driving skills. But does it mean that you have to give up your motorhome dream and stay in those nasty motels forever? Of course, not. With tips shared by specialists from brakesshop.co.uk and tyres-guru.co.uk (online retailers specialising in automotive parts and tyres), you will soon be RVing like a pro.
Caravan tyres, RV mirrors, and other tips for safe RVing
Thanks to the automatic transmission and power steering and braking, driving a motorhome can be as easy as driving a regular vehicle. And even easier: the RV driver sits higher, and, therefore, has a broader range of vision of the road and can assess the traffic in front of him. The only difference is in the size and weight of the vehicle that complicates manoeuvring.
- Choose appropriate caravan tyres. The huge load RV tyres doomed to withstand lays down big demands to their quality. Motorhome tyres must be properly maintained and replaced with high-quality tyres with the same parameters in time. It means that you cannot change the tyre size, speed rating, and load index without consulting your motorhome’s manufacturer. Shopping for new tyres, you should also stick to the same type of the tyre construction (cross-ply or radial) your RV left the factory with. In case with old RVs with outdated cross-ply tyres that are no longer produced today, upgrade to the radial tyre after consultation with the manufacturer.
- Adjust mirrors and a camera. The third part of all hazards comes from behind. Adjust side mirrors properly to see what’s going on there. But to have a better view of the situation just a couple of feet behind your coach (it is actually a blind spot on most RV side mirrors) when reversing, use a rear view camera or a help of a friend.
- Swing out on corners. Remember how long your vehicle is. If you turn your wheel right away when you approach the corner, you may run over a road sign, kerb, or even pedestrians with your rear part. Instead, on the intersection, swing out (drive slightly further and then turn).
- Avoid tight and low places. Parking ramps, alleyways, parallel parking, and the low trees are not for you. Never squeeze yourself into a place if you are not sure you can leave it without a trouble.
- Keep your speed lower (no more than 60 mph) and your safety distance longer.
- Always try to position yourself in the centre of your lane.
If you can drive a car, you can drive this rig!
Never rush things and master new RV manoeuvring techniques slowly, one at a time. Driving a motorhome is about more responsibility. So it’s not shameful at all to get out of the vehicle and double check if you don’t see something on your way. You don’t want to deal with insurance claims, do you?