Be A Careful Oklahoma RV Driver

Last year, more than 33,000 lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. It makes that number seem even worse when you take into account that most of those accidents were preventable. As RV owners, we typically spend more time on the road than the driver of an average passenger vehicle.  If I had to guess, I’d say that 10 percent of the driving population in this country would admit that their driving skills are less than par. That being said, the majority of us think we are great drivers. Recent statistics from Consumer Reports proves that a large chunk of us are mistaken and that even the smallest thing we do behind the wheel of our Oklahoma RVs can make a difference.

Children. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between 3 and 12 years old. By placing all children 12 and under in the back seat, you can reduce injury risk by 64 percent for children under 8 and 31 percent for 9-12 year-olds. Always secure your children with the age-appropriate restraints. In addition to possibly saving their lives, securing your children will prevent you from losing control due to the children bouncing all over the place. If you’re driving a class A, B or C motorhome, and you choose to let your children roam freely, take a piece of tape and place it on the floor behind or around the driver’s seat. Tell your children that this zone is off limits while the RV is moving.

Speed. Speeding plays a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes, killing nearly 900 Americans every month. In the end, you’d have to be driving 100 mph or more to make any kind of real impact in arrival time. So take that extra 10 mph you’ve become accustomed to driving and knock it down to five over. You really shouldn’t be speeding in an RV, anyway. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the phrase,  the bigger they are the harder they fall. Need more incentive than that? Get a load of this… not speeding will help with your fuel consumption.

Distractions. In 2009, over 5,400 people were killed due to distracted driving and 448,000 were injured. Remember, as an RV driver you are responsible for every life in the RV. So keep your eyes on the road at all times. Don’t text, email, eat, play with the GPS or anything else that may cause you to become distracted. Taking your eyes off the road for two seconds can result in a deadly crash. Stay alert and always pay attention to your surroundings. I know that some accidents are not our faults, but being a defensive driver will help you predict and avoid these types of accidents.

Maintenance. Preventative maintenance prevents accidents. Routinely check you’re the pressure and tread of your tires, your fluid levels and battery. If you’re unsure of how to do anything of these things, come down to our Oklahoma City RV Dealership We’ll be happy to take care of you.

As I mentioned before, a high percentage of motor vehicle accidents are preventable. So be aware of your surroundings and take measures to prevent damaging your precious new or used RV and its precious cargo.

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