Recreational vehicle tips for Tennessee travelers

With spring just around the corner, people might be planning a variety of trips. Some people might be planning a vacation in an RV. Seasoned RVers and those new to these large vehicles have a unique challenge ahead of them. They must get the RV and those who are traveling to the destination and back home safely. Fortunately, there are some pointers you can follow to ensure that happens.

One important consideration is to make sure everything is ready to go before you leave. All items should be secured, including propane tanks. The last thing you need is a propane tank or other items flying around the RV if you are in an accident. You should also check the tires, other fluids and door latches.

As you drive the RV, make sure that you compensate for the increased time it takes to get up to speed and to stop. While the stopping distance is longer for RVs than most cars, the brakes are generally more sensitive. RVs use air brakes, so just a light touch is all that is usually needed to stop the RV.

Make sure you have plenty of clearance when you turn. RVs are much longer than passenger cars, so they need more room to turn. Also, use your turn signal to let others know what you are doing. If you are trying to maneuver into a tight spot, make sure you have a spotter who can direct you.

Try as you might, it isn’t always possible to avoid an accident when you are driving an RV. Other drivers might grow impatient as you maneuver the large vehicle. This can sometimes be dangerous. If you are injured in an accident in Tennessee that was caused by another driver, you might opt to seek compensation.

Source: National General Insurance, “Ten Tips for RV Safety” accessed Feb. 27, 2015