Tips for Driving a Motorhome for the First Time

Tips for Driving a Motorhome for the First Time

Investing in your very own motorhome is extremely exciting. The adventures you can plan and the memories you’ll create will be unlike any others. As thrilling as this new purchase is, hitting the open road for the first time can be a little daunting. We’ve put together some tips to help you feel safe and stay confident when you take your RV out for the first time!

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Getting to know your new motorhome can take time, so be patient with yourself when you begin driving it. It’s a good idea to find a large, empty parking lot to practice in. You can take your time getting comfortable, adjust your mirrors, and get used to handling a large vehicle. Keep in mind that accelerating and braking will feel very different. They take much longer to do than a typical car, truck, or van so knowing how to do both well is vital before you get on the road with other drivers.

Once you feel like you’ve practiced a sufficient amount, it’s time to take a spin around the block! Avoid rush hour and busy roads and drive slowly. Hanging out in the slow lane alerts other drivers that you won’t be flying down the road and gives you more freedom to take your time. Even when you’re ready to travel across the country, staying in the slow lane is a good habit to maintain as it gives you more time to break and notice any obstacles as you’re traveling.

For your first trip, it’s smart to plan something short. Don’t venture too far from home or plan to be gone for very long. Plan your route ahead of time to avoid surprises and be familiar with turns, curves, and anything else that may pose some difficulties while navigating. Using GPS systems as you drive will give you real-time alerts of accidents and hazards on the road so that you can proceed with caution. Always look up fueling stations early so you don’t risk running out and always read height signs carefully!

If you’re ready to make your motorhome dreams a reality, come visit us here at Patriot RV in Ashland. We’ll find the perfect RV for you and your family. Our inventory is made up of brand new and pre-owned RVs to match up with all budgets and needs.

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