How To Have A Safe Road Trip In Your RV

The GEICO event tour busGEICO’s RV team is traveling across the country, visiting NASCAR, RV and motorcycle events throughout the year. This allows GEICO to engage with RVers, share giveaways and present the most creative RV with the prestigious Golden Gecko Award.

The tour will be hitting some of the biggest events and venues across the country, including the GEICO 500 and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Thinking of taking your own RV to one of these events or another destination this year? GEICO’s RV Safety team has a few tips to help make sure your trip goes off without a hitch.

Be aware of your size

Road mishaps can occur because the driver is unaccustomed to an RV’s size and weight. For example, some people may accidentally drive under an overpass without enough clearance because they forget their vehicle’s height. Also, it’s crucial to remember the tonnage of your vehicle, both when loaded and unloaded. This is especially important when crossing small bridges with imposed weight restrictions.

Maintenance is key

Make a pre-trip checklist and do an inspection every time you get behind the wheel. This should include inspecting belts, headlights, turn signals, tire pressure, towing equipment and fire extinguishers, as well as cleaning the cooking-vent hood. Once the season has wrapped up, plan for proper winter storage of your RV so your vehicle will continue to run smoothly year after year.

Have a plan in case you do break down

Carry your cell phone and know the correct emergency numbers to call. Download the GEICO app so access to breakdown and accident services, Gas Buddy and Digital ID Cards are at your fingertips. Also, leave your itinerary with relatives or friends in case of an emergency.

Adjust for weather

Heavy winds, rain, fog and ice can make RV driving treacherous. Check the forecast before you head out and, if possible, plan your trip to avoid bad weather. Also, factor in extra time so you can delay travel if necessary and know your route so you can easily identify places to stop and wait out a storm.

Always wear safety belts

RV passengers should also be belted in. Laws don’t require RVs to have safety belts in all areas where passengers can sit, but it is better to be safe, so buckle up when you’re on the move.

Exploring the country in a RV part of your travel itinerary? Use the convenient Campground Directory and trip-planning tool from KOA to map your journey.

Not all RV-ing is the same. Before you hit the open road, contact GEICO to discuss your travel plans and how to properly protect your RV so there’s nothing to worry about. Call 1-800-909-4246 or visit geico.com to learn more.

Not sure where to start your road trip? Check out 12 Scenic Stops To Make Along I-95.

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  1. Lilly Sedrick says

    Roadtripping in an RV can be super fun, but it also can be super dangerous. That is why it is so important to make sure that you do all that you can to ensure that your vehicle is safe. I also agree that it is super important for you to be aware of your size. RV’s are definitely a lot bigger than anything that you are used to driving. It is a really good idea to get driving practice in before you go on a big trip.