More than 11% of U.S. households headed by 35-to-54-year-olds own a recreational vehicle (RV). In fact, across the country, there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts, including renters. These outdoor-loving people have more than 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds to roam around nationwide, leading to fun-filled trips for millions of families.
Driving an RV or towing a large and heavy trailer is extremely difficult and you can’t just get behind the wheel and expect to safely get down the road. You need to practice driving safe and implement some various tips and tricks for RV driving and trailer towing. Here are some great RV and trailer towing tips:
- Pay attention to the weather — No matter where you’re going or what vehicle you’re traveling in, if the weather is projected to be too severe, you should cancel your trip. Even powerful RVs can overturn during powerful storms and trailers can begin swaying all over the roadways.
- Utilize electric brakes for trailers — With trailer brake controllers, you can ensure that your vehicle’s braking system is connected to the trailers. Without a proper brake connection, simply pressing the brakes on your towing vehicle won’t stop or even slow down the trailer being towed, which can lead to some serious roadway issues.
- Drive slow — It seems obvious, but so many RV drivers drive way too fast on the road. Since these vehicles are so large, your reaction time is much shorter than smaller vehicles. You need to drive very slow and never exceed 65 miles per hour.
- Stay all the way to the right side of the road — Since you should be driving slow, you should remain in the right lane and let everyone pass you to the left. Staying near the right shoulder is great just in case of an emergency, as well. If any mechanical issue occurs, you can simply slow down and pull off to the right, rather than switching lanes on a busy highway.
From electric brakes for trailers to simply spending a few hours practicing driving an RV, hopefully, these tips will help you and your family travel the roads safely. If you want to learn more about safely operating a large RV or find some quality electric brakes for trailers, give Hayes Towing Electronics a call right away.