If you were to have an collision in your motorhome, do you know how well it would hold up? Motorhome insurance can only cover certain losses and it’s easy to assume that because a motorhome is a large and sturdy vehicle it would take a fair amount of damage, but that isn’t automatically the case. Do you know how safe your motorhome is, how can you tell and what can you do to maximise the chances of coming away from a collision safely?
All motorhomes must conform to a variety of European standards on various safety measures, and these will all be rigorously tested before any motorhome goes on sale. This might not be true for conversions, however, so do be sure you know what you’re buying. An MOT does indicate a vehicle is road legal, but it doesn’t say anything about safety. Finding out the chassis and base vehicle is a good start for understanding safety in conversions.
Just because your motorhome was driven out of the showroom with a five-star safety rating, it’s not set in stone that that will continue. Airbags need a service after some years, depending on your model, and weak breaks, weak tyres and weak bodywork will all contribute to worsening quality over time. Make sure you’re not scrimping on servicing – it will have a real effect in an accident.
It is worth thinking about how and when your store items in your motorhome because, in the event of a crash, these are likely to come towards the drive carriage. Make sure pots and pans are in cupboards, large suitcases are at floor level and that anything which could do significant damage is removed from the cab. It’s not worth taking your chances in the even of an accident.
Accidents don’t bear thinking about but the roads in the UK are some of the most dangerous in the world. Spend a few moments considering your safety before you travel – it’s not worth taking any risks more than you need to on the roads.