Dark clouds are gathering overhead, you're still a long way from your destination, and the wind's picking up. Experienced drivers of recreational vehicles (RVs) know that extreme weather conditions affect them much more than other motorists. Those who are new to RVs can find driving them in a summer or fall storm very challenging.
AXA Accident Research & Prevention offers some helpful tips to ensure a safe journey even in difficult conditions.
You naturally want the best possible weather for your RV vacation, but that's far from guaranteed. On the contrary: the summer often brings sudden storms and downpours, the fall strong winds and fallen leaves.
You need to be prepared, especially if you've only just got into RV motoring. Experience counts for a lot in bad weather and difficult driving conditions as an RV responds to heavy rain and persistent or gusting winds differently than a car.
A strong wind can cause your RV to sway from side to side because its center of gravity is comparatively high. Interior fittings like wardrobes and beds amplify this effect, and it can even cause the vehicle to tip over,
but there's no need to panic because there are safety precautions you can take to stop this happening. Read on for our top bad-weather tips.
Practice emergency stops on a private road with no traffic. Better still, attend an RV driving course.
It's important not to be afraid to do a full emergency stop in a critical situation. A recent survey by AXA Accident Research & Prevention revealed that 44% of Swiss drivers make the mistake of being too concerned about their load and thus failing to hit the brakes hard enough. They aren't concentrating on the most important thing: their own safety.