When RV Drivers Misjudge Distances

Recreational vehicle accidents occur more often than you think.

Learning about them is highly upsetting, but also serves to warn people about what can happen when things go wrong.

They often happen to RV owners who either did not learn what they needed to know before buying a coach or who did not pay attention while driving one.

Ensure that you’re driving within the painted lines. Photo above on Scenic Byway 12, an All-American road in Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Ensure that you’re driving within the painted lines. Photo above on Scenic Byway 12, an All-American road in Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The proper maintenance of your recreational vehicle is a key to keeping you on the road to safety. An RV that’s mechanically sound will be less apt to break down.

Most of the common RV accidents can be avoided by preventative maintenance and proactive attentiveness.

Accidents such as fires can cost more than just the expense of the RV repair—such disasters can harm the traveling family as well.

Some, however, are caused by other drivers who have these same problems, are sloppy with their driving habits, are high on drugs or alcohol.

For most people, recreational vehicle vacations are relaxing, safe, and enjoyable, but for those who have accidents, they become horror stories.

In this article, you’re see what happens in real life as the result of the bad decisions and choices some people make.

It isn’t pretty, but it’s the truth, and all RVers need to see it for themselves.

Use extra care when driving during gusty winds, dense fog, or other severe weather conditions. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Use extra care when driving during gusty winds, dense fog, or other severe weather conditions. Pictured above Great Smokey Mountain National Park, North Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Driver Who Misjudged Distances

Recently an RV owner was driving comfortably down an interstate highway.

Traffic was minimal, the sun was shining, and the road was clear.

As he came up on a slow moving vehicle, he decided to move into the left lane, speed up, and pass.

Unfortunately, he misjudged his distances.

Instead of staying on the road, he accidentally veered too far to the left and was unable to correct what he had done before his vehicle ran into the metal guard fence that had been placed right where he ran off the road.

The entire left side of his coach was destroyed, and the insurance company totaled his unit.

Amazingly, he was not injured, but there’s no doubt that he’ll take more care when trying to pass vehicles on the highway in the future!

Learn From These Stories

Just about anybody who owns a motorhome, trailer, or camper can tell you a sad tale that will make you think twice about buying an RV.

Know Your Height. Hitting bridges and overhangs or misjudging the amount of clearance beneath an overpass or inside a tunnel can put an immediate stopper on your road trip. Pictured above tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Noeth Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Know Your Height. Hitting bridges and overhangs or misjudging the amount of clearance beneath an overpass or inside a tunnel can put an immediate stopper on your road trip. Pictured above tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Noeth Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many who own them have no driver training or fail to practice using them before taking them on their first road trip. When they do this, they are asking for trouble, and quite a few find it.

Furthermore, if they don’t maintain them properly, they can run into even more problems. For example, not doing a daily check to make sure tires are properly inflated can lead to blow outs and rollovers while driving.

This is such a simple thing to do, but you’d be surprised at how many owners skip this step when traveling.

If you want to protect yourself from having the kind of accidents you’ve learned about in this article, my best advice is to learn to drive an RV before taking it out on the highway, maintain it well, pay attention to what you’re doing when you travel, and always be aware of what the drivers around you are doing. Be proactive!

RV accidents damage, maim, and kill; never assume one won’t happen to you.

And we arrived safely again. Pictured above A+ Motel & RV Park in Cajun Country at Sulphur near Lake Charles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

And we arrived safely again. Pictured above A+ Motel & RV Park in Cajun Country at Sulphur near Lake Charles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Drive safely and good luck!

Remember, Safety First, and Happy RVing!

Worth Pondering…

Speed was high

Weather was hot

Tires were thin

X marks the spot

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