When you first start driving a motorhome, it can seem a little intimidating. If you’re not used to driving a vehicle that’s wider or higher than a standard car, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, the fact is that they are easy to operate, as long as you follow a few simple steps and make sure you drive carefully.
Motorhomes are generally much larger than cars, so the key thing to remember is to give yourself more space than you usually would and take everything at a steady pace. Take it easy and accelerate slowly. When you’re approaching a corner, you will usually have to take it more widely than you would in a standard car in order to avoid clipping the kerb or cutting the corner. Brake gently and maintain a consistent speed.
When driving, look well ahead of you so you’re prepared for every curve of the road. Be aware of obstructions such as overhanging branches and stay aware of other vehicles, horses, cyclists and motorbikes on the road. It’s a good idea to write down the measurements of your motorhome before you set off, including the height and width, and keep the measurements close at hand. This way, if you come across a narrow road or a bridge and you are unsure about size restrictions, you can be certain whether or not it is safe to proceed.
It’s also important to consider where you park your motorhome. Again, make sure your vehicle is not too tall if you’re entering a car park with a height restriction. If you are not completely confident driving your motorhome yet and you are planning to visit cities during your holiday, it may be a better idea to park on a campsite outside the busier areas and use public transport to travel in. This will save you stress and ensure you can enjoy your holiday with no worries about driving.
As with any skill, it simply takes practise to get used to driving one of these vehicles. Once you gain your confidence, you’ll be ready to head out to all the destinations of your choice and enjoy having some amazing adventures in your rented motorhome!