I’m 51 years old and I’ve traveled alone most of my life, from the age of 16 right on through my current older years. I travel with my husband now but that doesn’t keep me from trying to prevent problems before they occur. So, for all my readers I’ve written the 10 RV road safety tips for women to help you think about safety on the road.
My husband calls me “Safety Sallie.” I call myself, Prepared.
So my RV tip list is all about prevention. AKA. keeping the stress and heavy lifting to a minimum. I don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road changing a tire or sitting there with a vehicle that is overheating because I forgot to check the fluid levels in the radiator. These type of things are quite often preventable.
This first list focuses on preventing problems with your RV and Tow Vehicle.
- Buy the very best tires you can afford for the terrain you will be driving on. I do this to prevent as many flat tires as possible. Changing a tire on the side of the road sucks.
- Have the right tools for the job. A small air compressor and tools to change a tire, fix a flat, and a small toolbox for other repairs is important. AND, a breaker bar. This is a strength compensation tool when changing a tire. Men use them, too.
- Check the air pressure in your tires often.
- Do a visual inspection of your tires. Any sign of wear, cracking, or damage change tires.
- Replace your tires due to mileage or age or both.
- Keep your fuel topped off. This includes your gas/diesel and your propane.
- Check the fluids in your engine regularly. Like once a day if you are driving somewhere. It only takes a minute and can save you a ton of trouble.
- Take a basic RV maintenance course.
- Run your generator if it has an electric start. If you don’t it will fail you when you need it most.
- Breath and Have some Fun!
Why Buy the Best Tires?
- Your tires are your number 1 most important safety feature on your RV, Van, or Tow Vehicle.
- Better handling in your particular weather conditions.
- Quality of your ride. Better tires = smoother ride and less noise.
- Longer tread life.
- Better stopping.
- Grip on the road.
NOTE: You must keep your tires properly inflated.
Have the Right Tools for the Job
- Spare tire
- Lug wrench
- Flares and reflective triangles
- Wheel chocks
- Flat tire repair kit
Why is it Important to Check the Air Pressure in Your Tires?
You need to keep the proper air pressure in your tires because:
- Overinflated tires are rigid and stiff, which causes the rubber to not make full contact with the road and your tire will wear unevenly.
- And, because the tire is more rigid and stiff. when over inflated it can be easily damaged by things on the road such as debris or holes, etc.
- Underinflated tires do not hold their shape and more of the tire touches the road. This can cause the edges of the tire to wear. And, flatter tires create more resistance on the road and decrease your fuel economy.
Do a Visual Inspection of Your Tires
Simply to look for damage. If you have a damaged tire you don’t want to drive on it.
Replace Your Tires When Needed
Common Sense. If you have worn, damaged tires with alot of miles on them or old tires replace them.
Why keep Your fuel tanks full?
So, you don’t run out. And, leave yourself stranded in a bad position on the side of the road.
Why Check the Fluids in Your Engine at least once a Day?
So, you can see if you have any leaks.
To know when you need to add more fluid.
To keep you from burning up your engine.
Why Should You Take an RV Maintenance Course?
So you know what is going on in your RV.
So you don’t have to trust other people to tell you the right thing.
To be empowered by the ability to fix your own stuff.
Why Should You Run Your Generator?
Prevention and Common Sense can save You
Making sure your RV and Tow Vehicle are in good shape before you hit the road is one way to keep you safe in your travels. You can have more fun and enjoy your travels more when you know your RV is in shape and ready to roll. And, it just makes sense.
Have Some Fun!