You've spent the last few months trawling through motorhomes for sale and you've finally bought that extra special used motorhome. The UK weather this year seems great, so let's get out there on the road! Not so fast! It's a dangerous world out there and driving a motorhome requires care and attention to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other road users.
So let's look at some key safety points that The Camping and Caravanning Club published recently before taking your UK motorhome out on the road:
Think speed. You're not driving your sports car now. Make sure you drive at a sensible, and more importantly, legal speed for your motorhome. For instance, if your motorhome does not exceed 3050kg un-laded and is pulling a trailer, you can't go above 50mph on a single carriageway, and 60mph on a dual carriageway and motorway. And because you'll be driving slower most of the time, you could perhaps pull over to let traffic pas from time to time too!
Parking and maneuvering your motorhome can be a tricky task, so you might want to consider a motorhome maneuvering course to build up your confidence. And whilst you're at it, watch out for overhead obstructions including branches, power lines and so forth. It could be quite embarrassing, let alone dangerous!
Consider the weather conditions. High winds can blow you off course and your own drag causes buffeting which can be hazardous to cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. In general, give all of these, including pedestrians a wide berth.
We've said this a few times, but check those breaks and tires. Make sure you follow the manufacturers pressures for the correct load. As well as safety, you will improve your fuel efficiency. And to further save fuel and embarrassing maneuvering scenarios, consider leaving your motorhome on the campsite and use local transport?
Make your kitchen a safe kitchen for all those who use it; if the catches on doors are not sufficient, upgrade them before going out on the road. And whilst we're in the cooking area, turn that gas bottle off properly. No fires this year please!
So, thanks Camping and Caravan Club. But of course, this list is by no means exhaustive. Use your common sense this summer. Think safety and think courtesy and you can't go wrong.
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' or 'buy my motorhome', then speak to the experts, Caravan and Motorhome Sales for the best prices and a superb range of motorhomes for sale!
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