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Driving a Motorhome For the First Time: Safety Tips

It must be an exhilarating feeling to feel the wind in your hair as you head out on the road in a motorhome hire. Whether you’re moving to a new destination or visiting places that you’ve only ever read about, it’s exciting to do something new.

Of course, driving a motorhome isn’t the easiest thing to do, if you’ve never done it before. To help you in your new experience, following are some safety tips for driving a motorhome hire:

Tips for Driving:

  • Make sure that you feel completely comfortable in your seat. Just as you need to feel comfortable in your car’s driver seat, comfort is highly important when driving a motorhome. Make sure that you can reach everything you need to comfortably and are in the position where you can best maneuver the vehicle.
  • Check the mirrors to ensure that you can see everything surrounding the RV as well as possible. So, driving a motorhome can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to mirrors. Unless you have an uninterrupted shot through to the back window, you won’t be able to see anything in the rearview mirror. Even if you can see the back window, the distance between you and the back window is a bit too much for you to see much. This is where depending on the side mirrors becomes important. Fortunately, they are usually large enough to get great views of everything around you. Always, always, always check them when changing lanes.
  • Consider installing a rear vision camera if the motorhome you’re driving doesn’t already have one. If you don’t like the idea of not being able to see what’s going on behind you, consider installing a rear vision camera to see what’s going on. Some rental companies may already have them installed on their vehicles.
  • You’ll have a better view of the road ahead of you, but not the road behind you. Remember, you can’t see as well as in a small car. At least, not behind you. So, be cautious when driving to avoid doing any sudden stops or switching lanes without taking a look. Swerving in and out of lanes may be okay in your sedan or sports car, but it won’t work out too well in a motorhome hire.
  • Don’t forget that your vehicle is one of the biggest ones around. You’re one of the big guys now buddy. This means that you can’t sneak your way around other cars anymore. Driving a motorhome requires more caution than ever. After all, you’re driving a house on wheels, so to speak. Pulling in and out of parking spaces, trying to parallel park, switching lanes on a whim—all these things become a whole new ball game when driving a motorhome.

Tips for the Road:

Once you’re familiar with the big size of a motorhome hire, you’ll want to make sure to take other steps to ensure safety on the road. For example:

  • Make sure that you have an emergency kit for breakdowns. Breakdowns happen, except now you have a big vehicle to park. This may mean that you’re taking over more than just the shoulder when you pull off to the side. You want to make sure that you have an emergency kit for breakdowns. Make sure that it includes everything necessary for alerting oncoming traffic, as well as for checking the cause of the breakdown. Jump cables, triangles, jacks, and spare tires are all good things to bring with you.
  • Check the engine before taking off. Before setting out on the road, make sure that you check the engine and make sure it’s in tip-top shape.
  • Make sure that the tires have plenty of air before you leave. A blown tire on a motorhome can be quite dangerous. Make sure that you check the air in your tires before you leave home.
  • Get familiar with the size of the vehicle before committing to a long drive. Make sure that you’re going to be comfortable driving such a large vehicle. If you don’t feel that you’ll maneuver it properly, you may want to consider a smaller alternative, such as a campervan.
  • Make sure to have a charged phone before you set out, and of course, don’t forget the chargers. Charge your phone and be prepared for any mishaps. Make sure to keep your insurance number, friends, and emergency numbers should you need to call for help during a breakdown or some other kind of mishap.

Once you feel comfortable and ready to drive a motorhome hire, you’re that much closer to living a dream. Make sure to check everything beforehand, familiarize yourself with the vehicle, and practice in your area before setting out on the open road. Happy traveling. You’ve got this!