Preparing for a road trip can be exciting, especially if you are preparing to set out in a motorhome rental to see the beautiful destinations to be found in the U.S. Whether you are traveling cross-country or you are preparing to spend a good amount of time on the road, it is important to follow some safety tips for long RV trips.
Road trips can be extremely satisfying and provide you with memories that you will never forget, but they can also bring you a new set of challenges if you aren’t prepared.
To help you prepare for a trip of a lifetime, we have compiled some tips to help you make sure that your trip is drama-free and one that provides you with unforgettable expereinces:
- If you know that you have long hours of driving ahead of you on your planned road trip but you realize that you don’t have someone else who can take their turn at the wheel, consider inviting a friend who can lend a hand (or two) to ensure that you don’t get sleepy at the wheel and will be able to still make good timing.
- Make sure to pack everything you could think of needing in an emergency situation. If you are traveling in a motorhome rental, you will be lucky enough to have space for these items. From a first-aid kit to extra water and fuel, setting out prepared for anything is something that you will never regret.
- If you have yet to learn how to change a flat or fix simple problems with your engine, you may want to take a crash course before your adventure—especially if you plan on doing some off-road driving. It’s important to know how to fix a problem should the need arise. Some trips may have you on roads where you won’t see another car for hours, so it is wise to know how to get yourself out of a pickle, if one comes up.
- While this isn’t for your vehicle, you should make sure to eat well on your trip. You want to stay alert and healthy for safe-driving and eating right is a part of this.
- Remember that a motorhome requires more fuel than a smaller vehicle, so make sure to map out gas-station stops along the way to ensure that you never find yourself without fuel.
- Keep in mind that an RV is bigger than your average vehicle and exercise caution, especially when driving through parking lots or areas where there is little space but many cars.
- When leaving a place after spending the night, always make sure that you have disconnected all hookups and have everything completely ready for your trip. The worst thing you could do is to start driving while your vehicle is still hooked up to electrical outlets, etc.
- While camping in the wild or even at a camping site in your RV, you want to be aware that you don’t know what’s out there. Make sure that you lock everything up when going to bed to avoid any intruders, whether animal or human.
- Make sure that you know how to drive an RV in any kind of weather. It’s one thing to know how to drive an RV on a beautiful sunny day, but should a storm appear, you may be in trouble. Don’t set out on a road trip in a motorhome until you are certain that you can maneuver well in rainy conditions.
- In the same vein, make sure that your vehicle is winter worthy if you plan on road tripping in the winter. Whether you will be driving through icy or snowy conditions, you should make sure that your tires are ready for it.
- Check your engine before setting out. You want to avoid breakdowns at all costs, as they could happen anywhere and being stranded in the middle of nowhere is no fun. Yes, it may be an initial investment to do a tune-up before heading out, but it will be worth your peace of mind that everything is in great order before you get driving.
- Keep your phones charged as often as possible. A phone can mean the difference of getting you out of trouble on a road trip. Whenever you have electricity or can charge your phone, do so. You wouldn’t want to need it and not have it.
Staying safe on a road trip is much like staying safe while driving in your city, except that you will be in a motorhome rental. As a larger vehicle, it is more challenging to drive, has extra things to worry about, and requires practice to maneuver well. The best thing to keep in mind before your road trip is to plan and prepare for the unexpected so that you won’t find yourself in tricky situations.