When you've decided to take the plunge and buy a new RV, you've already taken the first step toward getting a chance to explore the country in comfort and convenience. If you've never driven anything larger than a typical-sized vehicle, there's no reason to be intimidated by the size of your new RV, but it will be important to take a slightly different approach to driving it. RVs require you to take wider turns, be cognizant of overhead obstructions and leave a greater traveling distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, given that the RV won't stop as quickly as a standard vehicle. Here are three other tips to keep you safe on the road.
Follow The Path Of Trucks
Whether you're driving on the highway or traveling through a city, it's a good idea to get in the habit of observing the routes that trucks are taking. Many commercial truck drivers will be acutely aware of the best routes to take for their oversized rigs, so you can follow their lead to avoid issues. For example, if you notice all the trucks staying in the right-hand lane on the highway despite the left lane being open, follow their lead -- they might be maintaining this position because a hill is coming up and they don't want to block traffic in the left lane with their slow ascent.
Check Your Mirrors Consistently
RVs are typically equipped with two separate mirrors on each side of the vehicle. This means that you'll not only be able to focus on what's behind you, but also use the smaller mirror to see the lane beside you on the road. If your new RV doesn't have this mirror configuration, ensure it's upgraded in a timely manner. Then, get into the habit of checking your mirrors constantly. The smart rule for doing so is every five seconds.
Monitor The Wind Forecast
Keeping an eye on the weather conditions before you travel is always a good idea. While rain can make the roads slick and prompt you to drive more defensively, you should primarily be concerned about high winds. Gusts of wind can make it challenging to keep your RV in your lane and lead to some downright scary moments behind the wheel. When you're traveling, check to see what type of wind is in the forecast, and then think about changing your travel schedule so you won't be on the highway when it's supposed to be windy.
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