24 Apr 8 tips to avoid a collision in an RV
The risks of collision in an RV are not necessarily related to lack of experience, but to lack of knowledge, discernment and, sometimes, caused by excessive recklessness.
We too often forget that an RV is very different than a car or truck. It’s a house on wheels! This is why it becomes imperative to adapt your driving style.
Here are 8 valuable tips to avoid a collision in an RV:
Never underestimate blind spots.
Because of the width of the RV, remain extremely vigilant when going through tight spots; customs, toll booths or campground reception desks.
Slow down during a surprise squall because if you don’t have a solid grip on your steering wheel, well, you could end up in the other lane.
In curves, slow down when making a turn and, during the manoeuvre, do not jerk the steering wheel suddenly, otherwise you risk losing control of the vehicle.
Pay attention to electric wires and the maximum height allowed at viaducts. Also, watch out for branches, both along the roads and in campsites.
When driving, look far ahead and all around. Above all, do not drive while looking only at eye level or staring at the bumper in front.
Braking should always be smooth.
Keep a reasonable distance from the vehicle in front to avoid collisions. The safety standard for driving an RV is to count one second of interval for every three meters (ten feet) of equipment.
Your fifth-wheel is 54 feet? Count a big five seconds. More so, if the road conditions are bad.
DRIVING LESSONS WITH THE FQCC
The Fédération québécoise de camping et de caravaning offers a multitude of training courses (in French) for new or more experienced enthusiasts who wish to perfect their knowledge. Click here to find out more.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services