Recently, a portion of U.S. 421 was closed when a motorhome overturned on the highway. While towing a motorhome requires you to adjust your driving style, practicing motorhome towing safety, can help you avoid an accident.
- Give yourself extra time and distance to slow down and stop. Start applying the brakes earlier than normal and continue to hold the brake pedal down. Avoid slamming on the brakes when possible. You may want to practice stopping and starting in an empty parking lot or another area where you are unlikely to encounter other vehicles.
- Before starting out on your trip, practice making turns. With a motorhome attached to your vehicle, you will need to make wider turns. This should be another skill you practice in an empty parking lot.
- Properly distribute weight in your motorhome. Be especially careful of making your motorhome rear heavy as that may cause your motorhome to sway, possibly into other lanes. Instead, put more weight closer to where it hitches to the towing vehicle.
- Avoid high-speed congested roads when possible. Taking back roads or traveling when roads are going to be less congested allows you to have less potential obstacles which also allows for a less stressful driving experience.
- Before setting out on your trip, do a safety check. Make sure your motorhome is properly attached to the towing vehicle. Make sure your brake lights on your motorhome are working. If they are not working, other drivers will not know when you are stopping or slowing down. In the dark, other vehicles might not even see your vehicle if your motorhome lights are not working.
Even when you are a careful driver, not everyone is going to practice safe driving habits. If you were injured in a car accident, contact us. One of our personal injury lawyers will provide you with a free case evaluation.