Top safety tips for the new motorhome driver

The colder climate does nothing to deter seasoned motorhome travellers from setting off on the road for a fantastic holiday. Come rain, snow or shine, motorhome fans will not usually let the weather prevent them from enjoying another exciting road trip. If you are new to motorhome travel and about to set off on your first adventure, we have put together a few helpful hints to ensure you enjoy a safe and stress free trip.

No matter how long you have been a driver, there is always an adjustment period when you switch from a car to a motorhome. Be sure to drive at comfortable speeds and accelerate steadily and slowly. By concentrating on driving carefully, you will soon develop an awareness of how the vehicle handles and the length of time it takes for the motorhome to come to a complete stop. You could even consider taking a short motorhome manoeuvring course to increase your confidence on the road.

Consider your fellow drivers and remember that you are likely to be moving slower than other vehicles. Pull over and let the traffic pass but only when it is entirely safe to do so. Be aware of overhead obstructions and low hanging branches. A motorhome is naturally a high-sided vehicle so you need to be mindful of high winds. It is also important to remember that your motorhome can cause buffeting when overtaking horses, cyclists and motorbikes and always give pedestrians and cyclists a wide berth.

Take a wider angle when approaching corners to avoid clipping or cutting and remember that your motorhome may handle much differently to a car when you apply the brakes. Make sure that your tyres are inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer and carry out regular checks to ensure full fuel efficiency and safe performance. By following established driving procedures and complying with local speed limits you can enjoy safe motorhome travel all year round.