Whether you have just bought a brand new motorhome or you plan to rent one for your upcoming road trip, we have listed 5 things you absolutely must know when you are driving a motorhome for the first time.
1. Make A Pre-Drive Checklist
A pre-drive checklist helps ensure your safety before you get on the road. Many first time motorhome drivers often forget to secure drawers, hook up flaps, close vents, etc. Go over your pre-drive checklist before leaving every destination. Spending these few minutes can save you from costly repairs and accidents along the way.
2. Slow And Steady Does It
By driving slowly we do not meant to say you should drive at a snail’s pace. When you are in a motorhome, the journey is as much an adventure as the destination. You are on vacation – so take your time and enjoy every mile of the drive. Do not go hurtling down the highway in a rush. Besides, a steady drive gives your vehicle more fuel economy.
3. Use Your Side Mirrors
Driving around in a vehicle larger and wider than what you are used to means you need to concentrate on where you are on the road all the time. So using your side mirrors is very important. If you are going to hire a campervan, ask the person facilitating the vehicle handover to show you how to adjust the side mirrors before leaving the depot. Remember, you need to be able to see the sides of the motorhome clearly at all times as well as the edges of the road you are on.
4. Overtake With Caution
We cannot say this enough, motorhomes are much bigger, wider, longer and heavier than cars. It would not be as easy to overtake other vehicles with one. Only attempt to overtake when you have plenty of time to do so and if you can see the road clearly.
5. Ask For The Motorhome’s Dimensions
Knowing the length and width of your motorhome saves you a lot of worry when you have to pass a low bridge or places with vehicle width restrictions. Write down these details and stick the note somewhere in the dashboard where you can easily see it while you drive.
Going on a road trip on board a motorhome is a lot of fun. You can travel at your own time and pace, go where you want to go, when you want to go. So secure an Apollo Motorhome today and set off on your well-deserved road trip. Safe travels!