Monday, December 12, 2016

Road Trips for the Holiday Drive Safe

Taking the holidays on the road is one of the many conveniences of owning an RV. No need to tie yourself down to one place — with just a little planning and precaution, you’ll find that celebrating from the road is one of the best holiday experiences you can have. We’ll assume you have some idea of where you’ll be going, so we’ll focus on getting you there safely and giving you ideas on how to pull off that perfect holiday meal from your RV’s kitchen.
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Getting Where You’re Going Safely

First things first — getting to wherever you’re going safely.
Why Holiday Driving can be Dangerous
Any time traffic increases, whether because of a holiday or special event, the chances of having an accident increase. More people are on the road, which means that tempers could be running short. Also, more people are out celebrating at night – and some of those people may not have the good sense to find someone else to drive after they’ve imbibed just a tad too much.
Safe Travel Tips
Regardless of the time of night or day, you should always keep your eye out for erratic drivers. Watching at least 100 feet in front of you helps you to see someone coming at you – possibly in the wrong lane – a little quicker, which may give you those few extra seconds you need to get out of the way.
When following someone, even on the highway, stay at least four or five car lengths behind, which is more than average, but you’re in an RV after all. On surface roads, you should stay at least one car length for every 10 mph behind the person in front of you. If someone has to stop fast or swerves to miss someone or something in the road, you’ll ram right into them if you are too close. While it’s tempting to try to “rush” the person in front of you, especially when he or she may be doing under the speed limit, be patient until it’s safe to pass.
If the weather is bad – whether it’s rain, fog, a mix of precipitation, or snow, drive slower. That means leaving earlier so that you reach your destination safe and on time. Even rain decreases the distance you can see in front of you. Furthermore, roads are slippery when they are wet – and in the case where it’s near freezing, can ice over with “black ice,” a sheet of ice that is clear. You can’t tell that from non-iced roads.

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