Traveling safely is important to everyone who takes to the road with an motor home. Before you set out on your next trip, take a few minutes to review our tips for a safe, trouble-free journey.
Checklist for RV Safety
Before Your Trip
Make sure your RV is well maintained and ready to go when you are. That’s the first step toward having a safe, trouble-free trip.
- Install a deadbolt door lock on your RV
- Inspect all belts and hoses for cracking, especially radiator hoses. Replace as needed.
- Check headlights, tires (air and tread) and turn signals.
- Check any hitch or towing equipment
- Verify your insurance coverage
- Check your fire extinguisher and smoke alarms
- Clean your cooking vent hood to avoid grease fires
- Leave your itinerary with relatives or friends in case of emergency
On the Road
Be sure to observe the common (but too often overlooked) principles of safety. Obey the speed limit, know your rig height before you go, and buckle your seat belt
Tools to Keep Handy
- Jumper Cables
- Flat Repair Spray
- Road Flares
- Adjustable Wrench
- Duct Tape (for temporary repairs to ruptured radiator hoses)
Severe Weather Tips
Park in a sheltered area. In stormy weather, avoid trees or power lines that could fall on your vehicle. The safest place during lightning is inside your RV. If you’re in the path of a tornado, you are safest in a tornado shelter. As an alternative, you can park under a bridge overpass or in a ditch. Avoid parking in low areas that are prone to flash flooding.
Carry Your Insurance Information
Make sure to carry all insurance contact information with you, including a toll-free claim service number if available. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance first and then contact your insurance company or have someone else make the call for you.
This article was contributed by the Foremost Insurance Group of Companies, based in Grand Rapids, MI. Foremost has been a national leader in specialty insurance products for more than 50 years. Recreational vehicle insurance is a Foremost specialty.
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