RV Summer Safety

Driving RVs can be a fun way to see the world and spend time with your family. As an RV is bigger and heavier than an average car or truck, there are additional hazards that come with owning and operating one. Many RV accidents can be avoided by following these tips:

  •  Know the weight capacity of your RV. Not only is extra weight taxing for the RV’s engine, brakes and tires, going beyond the manufacturer’s recommended weight capacity can cause  the RV to tip over during sharp turns.
  •  Perform a complete pre-trip inspection. Check the tire pressure, tread depth, headlights, taillights, turn signals, belts, oil levels, windshield wipers, hitch and other towing equipment before heading out.

  •  Know your RV’s height. Many RV accidents are caused by hitting underpasses, gas station overhangs and low-hanging trees.

  •  Watch your speed, especially at night and during dusk. Your reactions are slower at night.

  •  Use your high beams at night to see animals and other obstructions. Always remember to turn them off when there is oncoming traffic.

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

  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flat Repair Spray
  • Road Flares
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • 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.

If you have any questions about RV insurance in Ontario please give Excalibur Insurance Group a call 888-298-7343 or visit our website  https://excaliburinsurance.ca/other/recreational-vehicle/

Paul Wettlaufer