Safety is crucial when driving a recreational vehicle

Recreational vehicles are convenient options that many people turn to when they are planning a long distance trip. These RVs can either be purchased or rented. In either case, it is crucial that you ensure the RV is ready for the road before you head out on your trip and before you pull out of each campsite you visit.

The safety checklist is an important tool that you can use when you are trying to make sure that the vehicle is ready to go. You should check basic items to ensure they are fully functional. This should include:

— Lights and signals

— Brakes

— Tires

— Windshield wipers

In addition to ensuring that the basic components of the RV are ready, you should also make sure that the RV is secure on the inside. The last thing you need is to be injured by items that shift or by other factors inside of the RV. At a minimum, you should make sure that these points are checked:

— Awnings are securely fastened

— Propane tank isn’t leaking

— Stove knobs are in the “off” position

— All supplies are properly secured

— Stairs are retracted and secure

It is also important for you to wear your seat belt and ensure that you are properly prepared to drive the large RV. These can help you to stay safe while you are on the roadway. If you aren’t comfortable driving the RV, you should practice before hitting the road. Being able to maneuver the vehicle might mean being able to avoid an accident. If you are unable to avoid an accident caused by someone else’s actions, you might opt to seek compensation if you are injured in the accident.

Source: Cruise America, “RV Safety: How to Drive Your RV Rentals Safely,” accessed June 09, 2016