Do you have an RV or do you plan on renting one this summer? Driving RVs can be a fun way to see the world and spend time with your family. As an RV is bigger and heavier than an average car or truck, there are additional hazards that come with owning and operating one. Many RV accidents can be avoided by following these tips:
- Know the weight capacity of your RV. Not only is extra weight taxing for the RV’s engine, brakes and tires, going beyond the manufacturer’s recommended weight capacity can cause the RV to tip over during sharp turns.
- Perform a complete pre-trip inspection. Check the tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, taillights, turn signals, belts, oil levels, windshield wipers, hitch and other towing equipment before heading out.
- Know your RV’s height. Many RV accidents are caused by hitting underpasses, gas station overhangs and low-hanging trees.
- Watch your speed, especially at night and during dusk. Your reactions are slower at night.
Use your high beams at night to see animals and other obstructions. Always remember to turn them off when there is oncoming traffic.