When stopped in traffic to make a left turn, never cut your wheels to the left. Always keep your wheels straight, especially when waiting to turn. Over the years, we have known several people who were killed or seriously injured because of making this one mistake. If you cut your wheels and another vehicle hits you in the rear, you will immediately be pushed into the oncoming traffic. Parents, please advise your teenage drives, if involved in an auto accident, do not pick up the cell phone immediately to call the police. First try to flag down a witness to the accident. Second, check to see if the other driver is alright (so they see the teen without a cell phone in hand). Now, call the police. (Don’t let the other driver talk you out of it.)
RV-Driving Safety Tips
Have a Copilot. You may think the mirrors will be enough to help guide you, but it can never hurt to enlist an extra pair of eyes even when you’re backing up, going down narrow roads or turning sharp corners.
“Easy Does It” on the brakes. The air brakes in an RV feel very different compared to the hydraulic brakes in cars. There’s a slight delay when applying air brakes. Prevent sudden stops by not jamming hard on the RV brakes to overcompensate for this delay.
Follow the Rule of 20 Percent. RV’s take longer to come to a full stop and they accelerate slower. Always add 20 percent whether your’re extending y our following distance or merging into traffic.
Know your Propane Tank System. Don’t travel with the oven, stove, or burners lit. Install a propane gas detector. An, never refuel the engine when a propane appliance is running.
Know your Height. It sounds straightforward, but many drivers often forget about the height of their RV. Some of the most common RV accidents occur when RV’s run into overpasses. To remind yourself of the RV’s height and weight, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it near the dash and visible.