For many families, summer means road trips in a recreational vehicle. If you find yourself suddenly driving alongside behemoth RVs, you know that their size can present certain challenges. 

You want to do everything you can to avoid accidents. Heightened awareness of those around you can help. Here are some things to keep in mind as you share the road with RV travelers this summer. 

Slowing down and stopping 

Large, heavy vehicles require extra time and distance to slow down and to stop. Be aware that an RV approaching an intersection may begin slowing down before you expect it to. When in front of an RV, give advance notice if you plan to slow down for a turn. 

Making turns 

An RV plus its tow vehicle can reach up to 65 feet, a length comparable to commercial trucks. Its length means the RV needs extra room while turning. A motorhome towing a small car may track like a bus; a truck towing a fifth-wheel trailer often turns more like a semitrailer. Right turns may require the RV driver to use more than one lane, so be cautious when approaching an intersection with an RV present. Advance slowly and wait until you are sure of the RV’s path. 

Driving on expressways 

Some drivers do whatever they can to prevent being behind an RV. When an RV is merging onto an interstate, look out for other vehicles speeding up or darting into adjacent lanes to get ahead. On windy days, avoid driving alongside an RV for long stretches. An RV’s added height makes it vulnerable to wind gusts, particularly at highway speeds. 

Traveling on rural roads 

Many campgrounds are in wilderness or rural areas; in such places, you may see numerous RVs on the road. Hazards such as unmarked intersections and wildlife crossings that present dangers for nimble cars often prove exceptionally risky for RVs. Tall RVs sometimes need to veer toward the center to avoid striking tree branches that hang out over the roadway. Therefore, you should use extra caution when passing an RV in a wooded area. 

At this time, it is more important than ever to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C., we understand the challenges you face, and we will be there to advocate for you and your loved ones every step of the way.