Memorial Day Weekend is known as the unofficial start of summer, which also means it’s the beginning of road trip season. Ahead of the 2021 summer season last year, about 56 million Americans said they were planning to go RVing. This summer, this number is expected to grow. According to Go RVing, 72 million plan to go RVing in the year 2022 total.
Taking a summer trip in an RV can be a cost-effective way to travel, but if you’re not familiar with operating an RV, it can be dangerous. because it’s bigger and heavier than an average car or truck, there are additional hazards that come with owning and operating an RV. Fortunately, many RV accidents can be avoided by following these pre-trip, mid-trip and post-trip tips.
Pre-, Mid- and Post-Trip Inspections
Keep these tips in mind while preparing for your RV trip.
· Know the weight capacity of your RV.
· Perform a complete pre-trip inspection.
- Check the tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, taillights, turn signals, belts, oil levels, hitch and other towing equipment, and windshield wipers before heading out.
· Know your RV’s height.
· Watch your speed, especially at night and during dusk.
· Slow down on blind curve areas of the roadway.
· Use your high beams at night to see animals and other obstructions.
· Always wear a seat belt—it’s your best safety defense.
· Clear out any food and garbage.
· Store the RV in a safe, secure location.
Know How to Respond in an Accident
In the event that you get into an accident while driving your RV, pull off to the side of the road and call the state or local police department. If the accident involves two or more vehicles, make sure the other drivers are OK.
Evaluate Your Insurance Coverage
Whether you’re renting or buying an RV for your trip, you should evaluate your insurance coverage. Depending on the policy you have or where you live, you may need to purchase insurance policies specific to recreational vehicles. The team at Abbott Insurance Agency, LLC, is here to help you navigate your RV insurance needs. Give us a call today to get started.