Four Ways To Protect Your RV From A Collision This Summer

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With summer already here, your RV is probably already packed up and ready to hit the road. Make sure you are protecting your RV from damage. The best way to do this is to operate your RV with accident prevention in mind. There are a number of things you can do to prevent the likelihood of damaging your vehicle.

Minimize Distractions

The open design of RVs puts the driver in on all the action that's in the rear of the vehicle. It's important to block out this activity. People often think of cell phones as the only distraction while driving, but loud music and conversation can be just as distracting. Instead of focusing on the road, you will be more concentrated on the words of the song or engaging in conversation. Ensure you keep everyone in the RV as calm and quiet as possible to prevent any distraction.

Watch Your Weight

Don't ignore weight limits for your RV. When you exceed this weight capacity, you put yourself at an increased risk for an accident. The main problem this causes is that it reduces your ability to stop. In the event there is an obstruction up ahead and you need to stop abruptly, this will be more challenging to do, which will only increase the likelihood of you slamming into another vehicle. When the manufacturer designated a weight limit for your RV, it was for a reason.   

Tow With Caution

You can easily install a hitch on the rear of your RV so that you can tow a vehicle. Do this with caution. It's best to avoid doing this until you are confident with driving the RV alone. The tow vehicle will only add to the length and the weight of the RV. If you are having difficulty maneuvering the RV correctly on its own, this will only make stopping and turning more difficult. Don't add a tow hitch to your vehicle until you are more comfortable.

Park Wisely

Yes, RVs offer a number of conveniences. However, it would be unfair to also mention that they do have some inconveniences, with parking being one of them. You simply can't just park anywhere with your RV. Not only do you need to be mindful of height clearances, but you also want to be mindful when it comes clearance in terms of the width of the spot. If you park in a heavily crowded area with limited space, don't be surprised if you have the dents to prove it.  

Your prevention efforts will go a long way, but the thing about an accident is the fact that it's an accident – it's not planned. In the event you sustain damage to your RV, make sure you are taking your vehicle into an RV collision repair specialist.