For those that drive RV’s across North America, it can be one of the most exhilarating experiences going.
With an RV, you can go just about anywhere and see just about anything.
That said owning and operating an RV comes with a number of safety requirements.
Unlike operating a small or even midsize car or truck, RV’s bring a lot more care and concern with them, especially when going at higher speeds on the open road.
Part of making sure that RV is as safe as can be is maintaining the proper maintenance year-round.
From being sure the vehicle is regularly checked for maintenance issues to having somewhere to store it properly, the responsibilities can be quite cumbersome.
So, are you ready to put RV safety and storage to use today?
Give Your RV the Care it Needs
When it comes to making for a safe and enjoyable RV experience, keeping both you and others on the road safe, remember these tips:
• Driving – First and foremost, make sure you are practicing safe driving habits whether you are in town or out on the highway. As mentioned a moment ago, RV’s are a lot more responsibility than your ordinary vehicle. In the event you lose control of an RV, especially when doing a notable speed out on a highway or freeway, the consequences for you and others nearby can be quite dire. Always be sure to pay attention to your surroundings. This means not only knowing the roads that you are on and the conditions present (potential construction, lots of uneven surfacing or potholes, entering and exiting traffic etc.), but also distractions within your RV, distractions that have the potential for disaster. It isn’t just the usual suspect, cell phones, that can prove to be the problem. Distractions with radios, eating food, talking to passengers, applying makeup or using an electric razor, trying to read directions etc. These are all potential recipes for disaster, so be sure not to partake in them.
• Maintenance and Storage – Another important aspect of being a safe RV operator is making sure you maintain and store your vehicle properly. For instance, maintaining the proper tire levels and alignment, keeping all fluids up to date, always making sure all windows are clean and void of notable chips and cracks, these are all musts in order to properly operate your RV. When it comes to camper storage, be sure to store your camper in an area where it is safe and secure. While many owners will store their RV’s at home in either the driveway, on the lawn, perhaps even in an over-sized garage, others opt for storing them at an RV storage unit or land lot etc. If you are considering doing the latter, be sure to check into the security of the facility. Does the facility have secure entry and exit areas? Are there video cameras onsite to protect your vehicle at all times? While you may opt for a cheaper RV site hosting (not having a covered area with which to park your vehicle), keep in mind that extreme weather conditions during the year can take their toll on your vehicle over time. For example, RV owners in Canada and colder climates in the U.S. (Northeast, Midwest, and the Plains etc.) have to deal with all of Old Man Winter’s fury on a yearly basis. If your RV is left outside uncovered, it can get damaged over time from the extreme weather, just as having it in very warm conditions during summer can take their toll.
As much fun as RV’s can prove to be, safety and maintenance must always be the top priorities.
For some families who has lost loved ones in RV accidents or been injured themselves, it can be a high price to pay.
Put safety and storage to use today, making your RV experience and those of your fellow RV operators a pleasant one each and every time you hit the roadways.