Time slows down and scenic destinations become a picturesque surprise as you hit the road in your recreational vehicle. Whether you are planning an RV road trip to cheer on your favorite football team, explore different camp grounds, or enjoy the fall foliage, it’s important to make sure safety protocols are in place. It’s wise to start by reviewing your insurance coverage with your advisor to make sure your vehicle is adequately protected. Before you plan your next adventure, here are a few safety recommendations to consider:
- Take your vehicle for a test drive, especially if this is your first trip. RVs, especially when fully loaded, have a myriad of driving considerations that go far beyond those of a typical vehicle. Cornering, turn radius, braking distance, blind spots, towing, acceleration, and height are just a few of the operational considerations you should be comfortable with before beginning your trip.
- Be mindful of propane safety. Many RVs use propane for kitchen appliances, hot water systems, and heating systems. But the amount of propane stored can also pose a significant hazard. It’s important to properly inspect your equipment before traveling. You’ll also want to be knowledgeable of filling procedures, your maximum capacity, and what to do if you suspect or discover a leak.
- Treat your RV as you would your home or car. Consider installing deadbolt locks, ensure smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are operational, inspect headlights, turn signals, all belts and hoses, and check all other equipment to be sure it is defect-free.
- Assemble a safety kit with flashlights, batteries, road flares, repair tools, tape, jumper cables, and food and water. You never know what type of emergency or natural disaster you will encounter while on the road, so it’s best to be prepared.
- Buckle up when the RV is moving. This is particularly important since passengers often act as they would in a home — sitting around a table playing games, snacking, and cooking. Travelers are subject to being thrown about by a sudden stop or collision because they are in a moving vehicle, so it’s best to wear your seat belts.
- Understand the threat to your safety from overloading. While it may seem obvious that RVs are going to be far heavier, and thus more difficult to drive than a standard vehicle, don’t overlook the further complication of your own cargo and how you load it.
RVs can immeasurably add to the enjoyment of your road travel as long as you prepare beforehand and follow proper safety precautions during your trip. Our advisors stand ready to offer insights and advice to help you find the right insurance policy for your RV. Safe travels!
Source: Trusted Choice®