According to the Travel Industry Association, 35% of solo drivers on the road in a diesel pusher or RV are women who range between the ages of 18 and 35. Women happen to be the largest number of drivers who are driving RVs, such as a diesel pusher or travel trailer, on the road by themselves.
Driving a diesel pusher gives an aura of freedom to women. Women do not have to check into hotels that are unknown or get out and explore unsafe and unfamiliar territories while in their diesel pusher.
If you are a woman traveling alone in a diesel pusher or other form of motor home or travel trailer, then pay attention to the following tips. These tips are to help you stay alert and safe so that you are smarter than the enemy.
1. Before leaving in your RV or diesel pusher, make sure that you leave a detailed itinerary with your family, a neighbor, a friend, or all three. Leave phone numbers and addresses of the RV diesel pusher campgrounds where you may be parking your motor home. If there happens to be any change of plan, and you park in a diesel pusher camp ground that you did not leave with them, notify each person immediately upon arrival.
2. Pack extra batteries. You may need batteries for your cell phone or other items of importance in your RV or travel trailer.
3. Plan your RVing route before you hit the road. Research recreational vehicle camp grounds before you leave your home town so that you know where your RV will fit.
4. It is very important that you try to arrive at the designated RV camp site before the sun goes down. This is so that you can explore the basic necessities and know where all emergency points of contact are on site, as well as the well-lit areas.
5. If you happen to arrive at a camp site that feels unsafe, leave. This is why it is good to know what campsites are located on your route.
6. If you decide to go hiking during the day, leave a note on your recreational vehicle or with the person on point at the camp ground. Note what time you left and when you expect to return, along with emergency numbers.
7. Take maps with you in your recreational vehicle, but do not keep them out. You do not want others who may walk by see you standing with a map. You want to at least give the impression that you know where you are.
8. If you find yourself with a flat, pull over to the side of the road, and call for assistance.
9. Never pick up hitch hikers, and do not get in the car with strangers if you are stranded.
10. Keep water and snacks on board the RV in case you become stranded. Also, keep an emergency medical kit.
11. If for any reason you see flashing lights behind you to pull over, make sure that you wait until you are in a well lit area.
12. Foremost, trust your instinct and gut. Call for help and be aware of your surroundings.