Planning for caravan holidays can be very exciting especially if the family has been looking forward to this trip for quite some time. Caravanning can stoke one’s sense of adventure. This kind of trip will also be not just fun and entertaining for the kids but also educational as well. Unlike other self catering holidays, there is an extra element involved when it comes to planning for this trip: driving safety. There are a few more things to do in terms of preparing your vehicle. It isn’t just also your home but there are also some differences with driving or towing an RV versus just a car.
Before traveling, there are some things that you have to inspect. The tires, water, oil, brake fluid, and battery should be ready for travel. Ensure that the lights, brakes, and safety chains work. Also inspect where the car and the caravan are securely connected. The rear vision mirrors are adjusted, hand brake of the caravan or trailer is released, and that parts of the trailer are travel-ready. This means that the refrigerator door is securely closed, the gas cylinders are off, and roll out awnings are locked and in travel position, as well as the windows and doors.
While driving, there are some things that you have to periodically check and ensure are still in shape for travel. For starters, the chains should be secure at all times. Also, all tires must still have sufficient air or inflation. All the lights should be working as well. A road trip with your caravan is more physically demanding than just driving a car. This is why planning your rest stops is also important as you will need more stops to rest along the way.
There are a few basic rules to keep in mind as you drive your caravan. The length of the vehicle is longer so allow for this extra distance when entering traffic, passing other vehicles or overtaking, and going in and out of parking space. Drive smoothly and keep a steady pace at all times to avoid the caravan from swaying. Also, keep a good distance from the vehicle in front of you.
For some people who are not that confident of their driving skills with a caravan or those who are doing this for the first time, there are actually driving courses or classes being offered by some driving schools. Here, the principles of driving large vehicles are discussed and practiced, as well as some driving techniques. Preparing your vehicle and your driving skills will greatly ensure road safety during your caravan holidays.