You’re packed, and ready for adventure. Wait! No matter how often you’ve traveled, you should have a checklist on how to stay safe traveling in your RV.
When did you last brush up on good driving practices? Like it or not, after age 50, reflexes slow down, vision deteriorates, and you’ve forgotten what you learned in high school driver education classes. Adult driver education classes target people over 50 to teach them new strategies for compensating. This is a good place to ask for tactics for driving RVs as well.
Know the rules of the road. Every state has its own regulations about parking, size limitations, and required equipment for motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels. http://RVSafely.com has the necessary information state by state.
RVers as a group are friendly people, and you’ll enjoy meeting people and making new friends. Always remember to put the safety and security of your family first. Don’t let down your guard, and keep your valuables locked up. If you are traveling alone, be alert to personal safety issues. Call a friend or family member regularly to report in. Beware of where you stop, especially after dark, and observe your surroundings carefully.
D you know your vehicle? How long does it take to stop? Where are your blind spots? How much room do you need to park? What are the weight limitations? Your RV dealer can help you with these and other questions for motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and other recreational vehicles.
A little forethought can make the difference between a memorable trip, and one you’d rather forget. Have fun, but stay safe!