If you’re an experienced car driver, you already have the skills necessary to drive a motorized RV. The automatic transmission, power brakes and steering you’re accustomed to are standard features on most RVs. With proper attention to the differences – the vehicle size, height and weight – you’ll find it fun and easy to take the wheel of a motorhome. Here are 7 important RV Driving Tips for you:
1) Seatbelts on! Just like in your car, make sure that all passengers are seated and have their seat belts fastened before you hit the road.
2) Teamwork makes the dream work: Always have someone outside watching for obstacles and trees hitting the roof as you maneuver into or out of a camp site or parking space. If you’re driving alone, you might need to stop and take a look.
3) Ten and two: Make sure to keep both hands on the steering wheel- wind will impact your RV more than a car or SUV, and you’ll want to be ready if a big gust comes.
4) Slow down: Take all turns gradual and make sure that you take wider turns when turning right.
5) Watch Your Head: Remember: you’re in a much taller vehicle, so those “low bridge” signs now apply to you. Watch out for those, and other overhead obstacles like tree branches and gas station canopies.
6) Don’t be THAT guy! You don’t want to be the guy who drives off and takes half the campsite with him! Check all utilities are disconnected before you take off.
7) Under pressure: Inflating your tires to the recommended pressure will help you operate your RV by giving the rubber a better grip on the road. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and ensure all maintenance is up to date.
With the proper preparation, you will feel confident enough to know that RV driving is something you can do safely. Over a period of time, your confidence will increase. Before you know it, driving your motorhome or truck and trailer combination will become second nature.
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