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3 Essential Safety Tips to Prevent Crashes When Traveling by RV

What you need to know before hitting the road.

A positive to the pandemic has been that many people have decided to travel and explore this beautiful planet, whether by experiencing longer lazy road trips in places previously unknown or taking their passion of living untethered and committing to RV life. Sunny California is a state that welcomes such travelers! Enjoying highway 1 up the coastal range reveals a memorable route, and the many state parks offer spacious campgrounds where travelers can unwind.

Either way, the outdoor excursion “trend” is one that is long overdue, and it is campaigned by online slogans such as #RVlife, #GetOutside, #WonderLust – to name a few. Perhaps you have given thought to joining the Exodus of those who are simply getting outside more often. Your goal may not be to live in an RV full-time, but it may include purchasing one for you and your family. If so, we want to encourage you to do so while giving you some safety tips to consider when looking at your options. Why?

What You Need to Know Before Hitting the Road

The reality is that RV accidents are more common than you likely know. Just last year in Northern California, a substantial accident made the news involving a camper trailer. The camper had blown a tire and crashed into the center divider on southbound I-680. The sequence of events caused traffic to back up for hours, and the trailer itself was literally in pieces. Thankfully there were no serious injuries – but imagine the family who was just trying to enjoy the outdoors when the unexpected led to such damaging consequences.

Therefore, what items would be wise to watch out for before purchasing an RV or perhaps before hitting the road? We asked a seasoned personal injury attorney, John M. O’Brien, and below are three tips he offered to share:

1. Consumers should know that it is required to have a special license, Class B, to drive any vehicle over 26k pounds in California. A dealer would likely bring this to a buyer’s attention, but it might be overlooked if you are purchasing a used RV. So be aware that a Class B license requires some training but is well worth it for your safety and the safety of those around you.

2. Be aware of the substantial change from upgrading to a larger vehicle such as an RV or when you decide to tow a heavy camper. You will need more space to break, and your maneuverability is hindered compared to a regular vehicle. In addition, you have more prominent blind spots that you would need to be attentive to, especially during traffic hours.

3. Although heavier vehicles can be more comfortable to drive during storms, it can be a nightmare to get a heavy vehicle stuck in mud or snow. Take caution when pulling over to the shoulder during or after storms. Always be prepared with the right equipment when traveling in zones that require chains or snow tires.

Creating Lasting Memories during an RV Road Trip

Ideally, road trips are a popular pastime. They are almost a right of passage to teens who are eager for adventures. Memories bind families together as they share in any outdoor activities with their kids or grandkids. Without meaning to strike any fear or concern whatsoever in anyone’s hearts when it comes to enjoying the outdoors, it is safe to say that taking preventive measures can help avoid accidents and injuries and ultimately reward you with the best of times!

Here in California, the days are already starting to get longer as winter is losing its grip on the state. The roads, shores, and campgrounds have begun to call for many of us. Let’s have some fun as we head out in 2022. 

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