RV Driving Tips
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We want you comfortable behind the wheel, working on our goal for you, ZERO DAMAGE!
Happy New Year and safe travels to all RVers in 2020,
- Written by Gary Lewis the RV Guy
If you’re an RVer, what's wrong with this picture?
All RV’s when towing, should be traveling in the
TRAVEL LANE, not the PASSING LANE!
The Left Lane is for Passing Only
PASSING LANE on the left - TRAVEL LANE on the right.
- Written by RV Guy
Most RV accidents happen because the driver is unfamiliar with his coach or does not understand the rules of the road as they apply to large vehicle operation.
This C-class motor home was riding the center line on a two lane road that was curving to the left. A truck towing a fifth-wheel trailer was coming in the opposite direction, riding the center line.
The C-class caught the fifth-wheel which was pushed sideways into the path of a small station wagon, totally wrecking the wagon, the fifth wheel trailer and the C-class motor home. This accident would never have happened if both drivers had been centered in their lanes.
Beware of Rear Swing-Out
The design of motor homes places a large percentage of the vehicle behind the rear wheels. The driver of this vehicle made a number of mistakes:
- He was not aware of the effects of rear swing-out
- He was not watching his mirrors
- He had not taken the time to assess all of the hazards surrounding his vehicle. Had the driver checked just one of the above, this accident could have been prevented.
Adjust and Watch the Mirrors
When making a turn in your motor home, it is necessary to always be aware of what is along side your coach.
There is only one way you can do this and that is by checking your properly adjusted convex mirrors as you make your turn.
If your mirrors are not properly adjusted, it is only a matter of time until you will hit something.
Leave a Space Cushion, Don't Follow Too Close
At 55 MPH your RV is traveling 64 feet per second.
To stop a vehicle you need to SEE-THINK-DO. Total stopping distance is the distance your vehicle will travel from the moment you SEE a hazard, THINK, decide to stop and DO, place your foot on the brake pedal until you stop. SEE-THINK takes about 3/4 of a second, DO takes another 3/4 of a second and if you have Air Brakes, add another 1/2 second for Air Brake Lag.
Do you understand why it's important to have a space cushion when driving a large vehicle and why you should sign up for RV Boot Camp?
- Written by Gary Lewis
Imagine traveling down a country road in your RV and coming upon this Advisory sign, 10 feet, 4 inches overpass ahead!
This is the reason your GPS should be one that is made for RVs! When you consider that all “C” class RV’s are 11 feet, without the Air Conditioners and most “A” class RV’s are at least 12 feet, 6 inches, you can do a lot of damage if you decide to enter the overpass.
Always pay attention to Advisory Signs – a yellow triangle that warns you about a low obstacle, a dangerous curve or a steep downgrade and speed limits for your large vehicle.
If the Advisory Sign says 25 mph and you’re driving a large motor home or towing a trailer around a tight turn, chances are you should NOT be going more than 25 mph!
Keep safe, always pay attention and enjoy your RVing journey.