5 Most Common Types of RV Accidents

Now more than ever, people love to go camping, and an RV is the way to go. Whether you buy or rent an RV from All Valleys RV Storage, you should understand the associated risks involving damage to the RV. This article will discuss five common types of RV accidents and how to RV safely.

5 Most Common Types of RV Accidents

1. Driving Too Fast

Speeding increases the chance of an accident when driving your RV. If it’s raining or windy and you’re speeding, the accident risk increases. The chances of being in an accident with strong winds are greater because RVs are so top-heavy. Moreover, when you mix driving too fast and inattentiveness, it’s only a matter of time before an accident occurs.

2. Improper Towing

It’s imperative to ensure that your RV is the correct weight for your vehicle. You also need to use the right hitch and ensure that the trailer is hitched securely and appropriately. Next, you need to be aware of your speed limit and drive accordingly. Finally, always use caution when backing up and avoid tight turns whenever possible. While these rules are essential when driving an RV, they apply especially when towing.

3. Driver Error

Driver errors are common, whether from inattentiveness, inexperience, or blind spots. For example, you might make a turn incorrectly and scrape against a pole, causing damage to the body. Or you forget to retract the stairs or antenna and scrape them off. Finally, it’s essential to understand the size and turning radius of the rig to avoid running into things or getting stuck.

4. Driving Tired

Obviously, it would be best if you did not drive when tired, and this is true whether driving an RV or a Fiat. If you’re tired, it’s safer for you, your passengers, and other drivers if you pull over or even stay an extra day at your campsite to get sufficient rest.

Driving a motorhome can be more tiring than driving a car due to the additional mental focus required. If you’re feeling tired, take a nap or go for a walk. If someone else can drive, ask if they’d mind taking over so that you may rest. Safely reach your goal, no matter what time it takes to get there.

5. Blind Spots

RVs are more extended and bigger than automobiles. It might be tough to see specific locations around your RV with suitable mirrors. It’s impossible to see behind your vehicle without a backup camera.

Like motorcyclists and truckers, RVers should drive defensively and be extra aware of their surroundings. Someone swerving in and out of traffic may quickly get in your blind spot. On the interstate, other drivers don’t always look out for RVers or tractor-trailers going down the interstate.

When You Are Ready To RV

We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips on common RV accidents and how to avoid them. Whether you rent or buy an RV, All Valleys RV Storage wants you to do so safely. We’re here for all your RV needs, including maintenance and storage. Call (805) 579-6192  for more information.

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