RV Safety Tips
Avoid bumps in the road with these tips for your RV trips.
A recreational vehicle (RV) allows you to take in the countryside the way it was meant to be seen – up close and personal. But no matter how smooth the road ahead, you’re sure to encounter a few bumps in your travels. So, being prepared should be a part of every itinerary.
The U.S. Department of Transportation says operation and maintenance are key to keeping you rolling safely. Follow their tips so your travels don’t take a bad turn.
- Keep an eye on blind spots
RVs are large and have many blind spots. Learn to use your mirrors and signals properly.
- Prepare to stop
RVs are much heavier than cars and require a longer stopping distance. Pay attention to traffic and other vehicles’ brake lights so you can keep a proper distance.
- Distribute weight evenly
Make sure weight is equally spread out in your RV. Secure all heavy items so they don’t move during travel. If they do, it may affect handling, ride quality and braking.
- Check your tires
Maintain the correct air pressure and tread depth to ensure tire longevity and your safety.
- Keep up with repairs
Make sure the following are in good working order before you hit the road: headlights, belts, hoses, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.
- Buckle up
Always wear your seat belt. Make sure all passengers in your RV wear seat belts when the vehicle is in motion. In case of an accident or sudden stop, passengers who are not buckled in could be hurt.
- Plan for emergencies
Tell someone where you’re headed and keep a cell phone onboard in cases of emergency.
Additional RV safety resources
For more information about preparing for your next RV road trip, visit these sites:
- RV Safety and Education Foundation – Tips, articles, tire and weight suggestions.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Safety tips.
- Recreational Vehicle Industry Association – Education, standards, legislation and RV travel trends.