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Safe driving tips for RVs and trailers

Once our RVs or trailers have been properly serviced and are prepared to roll, there are a few more things to do to stay safe. Preparing the big rig is the first part—the next is preparing ourselves for driving.

Whether we’re rusty after months away from the wheel of our motor homes or we’re new to the ‘sport’, here are tips to keep us all safe:

  • Practice before you go: Take your RV or trailer out for a drive and practice making left and right turns. Find a safe location to practice backing up. Bring your travel companion with you so they can practice giving you directions should they have to get out and help you through tricky maneuvers and tight spaces.
  • Consider optional RV coverage from BCAA. The BCAA Plus RV Membership includes 160 kilometres of towing, while Premier RV ups the limit to 320 kilometres. Both levels come with mobile tire service.
  • Plan ahead for turns. RVs are heavy and respond more slowly than smaller vehicles to acceleration and braking. Plan maneuvers way ahead. Avoid sharp turns by slowing down and rolling forward a bit before you turn the wheel.
  • Adjust your mirrors. If you’re unsure of your surroundings when backing up, stop, get out and take a look—or have a companion get out and direct you on a cellphone or walkie-talkie (hands-free). Consider installing a backup camera.
  • Know your height: Pay attention to height restrictions while you’re driving, especially if you have boats and bikes up top.
  • Use the slow lane: As a courtesy to other drivers, avoid staying in the regular or fast lanes. And, be willing to pull over if cars pile up behind you.

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