|So, you’re ready to climb up into the driver’s seat and hit the road. You’ve picked the ideal campground, made the reservation, stocked the RV, and locked the house up tight. Now if you only felt more comfortable mastering that “monster” on the road!|
Take heart. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), driving that RV really isn’t all that different from driving your car. Automatic transmissions, power brakes and power steering are practically standard equipment. And, with proper attention to the differences in vehicle size, height, and weight, you might even find that getting behind the wheel of the conversion van or recreational vehicle of your choice is actually fun!
Here are a few tips they offer RVers to get you on the road safely and securely.
Adjust and use all rear view mirrors.
Match your vehicle to what you’re towing. Most full and mid-size family cars can pull a trailer or popup tent, and so can many mini vans, 4x4s and light-duty trucks. Be sure to check your owner's manual to find the trailer types that your vehicle can safely haul and the maximum load weight. Also be sure to use the right trailer hitch and make sure it is hitched correctly.
Whether you're driving a motor home, van conversion, or tow vehicle, make every trip a safer one by buckling up your safety belt and making sure passengers are secured, too. According to the National Safety Belt Coalition, wearing a safety belt is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent serious injury and death in a traffic accident.
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