4 Tips to Safely Drive an RV

With summer just around the corner, it's a great time for an RV trip. No matter your destination, you'll want to make the trip safely. Here are four tips from Safeco to help you get there and back without worry, because nothing can ruin a summer RV trip faster than trouble on the road.

1. Know Your Ride
Of course, knowing the features and limitations of your RV is the first step to safely driving it. Know the dimensions of your vehicle to help with parking and any tight spots you might encounter on the road. Also, make sure your RV can fit under the overpasses and bridges on your route.

2. Maintenance
Just like a car, keeping your RV well-maintained is extremely important. Tires, brakes and safety equipment are just a few of the items you’ll want to make sure are in good working order. Doing a walk-around and conducting some quick checks before you leave can save you a lot of frustration down the road.

3. On the Road
Be patient and aware at all times. Other vehicles may act aggressively to get around you and will sometimes cut you off once they have passed. Prepare for these situations and understand that many drivers don’t realize that you need additional space in front of the RV. Know your blind spots and use caution when changing lanes, merging or turning. Your RV is much bigger and heavier than a car. It can pick up speed fast when going downhill, so keep an eye on the speedometer.

4. Parking
It’s best to have someone guide you into a parking spot. If you don’t have anyone with you, check out the area before you try to pull in. Try to practice turns and backing up in a large parking lot before hitting the road.

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Article prepared by Safeco Insurance. Copyright 2019; May 2019

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