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Stay Safe on the Roads.
For many of us, our motorhomes are something we only really use during the sunnier seasons. As such, it means they can often spend months sat dormant either in a garage or, more often than not, outside exposed to the elements. After long periods off the road even the more experienced motorhome owners can forget to perform basic safety checks, and for others there will be things they had not even thought to check.
So to ensure everybody has a smooth journey and a safe summer, we have put together a check list of things to do before you set off on your next adventure.
- It may be a while since you have been behind the wheel of your motorhome, so give yourself time to get adjusted to it. Drive at a comfortable speed, and remember that a motorhome has a far larger braking distance than a car.
- Inspect the bodywork for any cracks and the window sealants for any sign of mould or mildew.
- Check your tyre pressure, headlights and indicator before you set off. If your tyres are looking worn, or if you are at all concerned, visit your nearest garage where they can advise you on whether they need replacing.
- Be considerate of other road users and the effect your motorhome will have on traffic. Try to let people pass where possible, and do not try to squeeze through any tiny gaps or it could cause chaos for everyone!
- Make a note of the height of your motorhome, and beware any low bridges or obstructions. If possible, plan your route accordingly and invest in a motorhome specific GPS system to avoid any possible problems.
- Wind will have a far bigger impact on your motorhome when driving than on a regular car due to its vast surface area. Check the weather conditions before you travel and if the wind starts to affect your driving, go into the slow lane and pull over as soon as possible until it calms down
- When loading your motorhome, distribute the weight sensibly and evenly. It is worth knowing the weight of your loaded motorhome, in case there are any weight restrictions on your route.
- Has your motorhome changed or had anything added to it? If so, contact your insurance provider to check that you still have adequate cover.
- Inside the motorhome, ensure that all doors and cupboards are secure.
- Test the batteries in the smoke alarm before setting off and locate your fire extinguisher.
- Tools often come in handy, so we would thoroughly recommend having the following on board:
- Spare batteries
- Duct tape
- Adjustable wrench
- Hi Viz jacket
- Jumper Cables
- Water adds a huge amount of weight to a motorhome, which therefore increased fuel consumption considerably. Check to see whether you can fill up your tank at your destination.
- Does your campground have 24 hour check in? Have their phone number to hand in case you are running late or need directions.
- Finally, give your family or friends a copy of your rough itinerary, so someone somewhere knows where you are just in case.
As the old saying goes, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. Hopefully after reading this list you will hit the roads this summer with the confidence that your motorhome is in great working order, prepared for any eventuality!
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