Making an RV your home ensures that you always travel with your home, lets you cook your favorite dishes that your family will enjoy while on the road, offers lower cost of living with no necessity to pack and unpack, and also provides the transportation to reach your destination any time. On the negative side, driving an RV can be a bit isolating since you have to eat on your own or only with your family, you can’t hang out in a common area with other people like what you can do at the common room of a hotel, and interaction is not that broad when traveling to your destination. Rainy days can be depressing on the go. Dump stations leave you pretty much on your own.
Aside from those, driving an RV entails knowing about special driving licenses. Some states require having a special driver’s license that matches the size of the recreational vehicle you are driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has minimum rules applicable to each state, while those states also have the right to set their own rules. An RV is not a commercial vehicle so most states do not require having a commercial driver’s license to operate this kind of vehicle.
Each state has specific safety rules as well as licensing rules for RVs. This can include staying in the right lane except to turn, exit the highway or pass. Making right turns on red is allowed in most states, unless otherwise specified. You can’t get a valid driver’s license if you aren’t aware how vital it is to keep your eye on the road. A motorized vehicle needs to be operated with full attention, whether you’re in rush hour traffic or going through a flat expanse of highway. Focus on the road, which means more than simply knowing what’s in front of you.
Your RV may be larger than many other vehicles on the road, but that doesn’t mean they should be invisible to you. Typically, people have less respect for other drivers of vehicles that are not of the same type as their own. Stay 12 to 15 seconds behind the traffic when cruising at highway speeds. Use rearview cameras not just for backing up but also while driving.
Use the communication devices in your RV to signal your intentions on the road to other vehicles. Make sure that all signals and lights are in working condition. As a matter of courtesy and safety, avoid abrupt or snap changes to give other drivers more than enough time to react.
Remember that like any other motor vehicle, your RV can succumb to breakdown on the road. Thus, always bring a safety and emergency kit that will be useful when you have to stay on the roadside. Have roadside assistance available and make sure you have it working for you even before you go driving. When needed, pull over as distant as possible to the side of the road and use your flashers promptly.
Being in an RV means you have increased braking distance as well, so remember that at all times. Use the right driving speed at all times, and learn to slow down when driving in hazardous conditions such as rain and snow. The ability of your vehicle to react is not the same in snowy and sunny days, just as yours is too, so make allowances for any eventuality. RVing is not about the destination but the journey so keep safe and make it as event-free as possible for everyone on the road with you.