If you live in Indiana, you might find it enjoyable to escape the cold weather in your recreational vehicle from time to time. While heading south has many benefits, you should understand the dangers that come with driving a large vehicle.
Understanding the common risks helps you take precautions and avoid the mistakes of other drivers.
The frequency of RV Accidents
According to the informational website RV and Playa, RV accidents occur regularly on U.S. roads due to such factors as the size of the vehicles and the prevalence of inexperienced drivers and senior drivers. Most states do not have special licensing requirements for drivers, which means just about anyone can rent or buy an RV and take it for a trip the next day.
Statistics clearly show that RV drivers have fewer accidents than other motor vehicle drivers, as well as a lower instance of injury and death. Still, about 75,000 accidents requiring medical treatment do occur every year, with head trauma the most common injury.
While RV accident data remains limited, some evidence shows that RV accidents could increase. More retired Americans and increased free time, as well as younger people getting into the RV lifestyle, could lead to more RVs on the roads.
Common causes of RV accidents
When driving an RV, you should pay close attention to the size and the reduced visibility and maneuverability of the vehicle, as these often play a role in accidents. The following factors also contribute to RV accidents:
- Improper loading
- High Winds
- Increased stopping distance
Many observers believe inexperienced drivers cause more RV accidents than any other factor. If you plan to drive an RV this year, make sure to take all safety precautions.