Road Trips in Recreational Vehicles

by Terry Bryant

RV safety

Do you really know how to drive an RV?

With many families starting to plan summer vacations, some may be contemplating taking an RV on a road trip. In addition to planning a route for your road trip, you also need to familiarize yourself with the differences between an RV and your car.

Whether you own or plan to rent an RV, the operator needs to be aware of certain safety risks unique to RVs:

  • Sizing up—an RV is far larger than any standard vehicle that the average person drives on a daily basis. This means that an RV handles differently and requires the driver to adjust to the size of the vehicle.
  • Secure your belongings—if any items are loose in the RV or may fall out of an unsecure cabinet, put these items away to avoid the possibility of a passenger being hit by a falling object should the driver need to make a sudden maneuver.
  • Buckle up—do not allow your passengers to roam freely inside of the RV while the vehicle is moving. Although it may seem more like a lounge area as opposed to a car, the same risks of getting in a wreck apply.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.