The Fourth of July holiday is prime time for RVers to go camping. It’s summertime, the livin’ is easy, and the days are enchantingly long. Being outside all day enjoying nature and spending time with loved ones is what it’s all about. But to experience all of this joy and peacefulness, you have to travel to your destination and arrive safely first.
Here are just a few tips you can follow to ensure you get to your campsite in one piece and ready to enjoy the holiday.
Leave Early, But Not Too Early
Experts recommend staying off the roads between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., which is when many people are driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. So, while it may seem like hitting the road at these early hours is ideal, it may be more advantageous and less dangerous for you to wait until later in the morning to travel. On the other hand, traveling earlier in terms of days – for example, leaving on July 3rd or an earlier date – means you could get to your destination without the stress of being on the road when most other people are.
Pack an Emergency Kit
The last thing you want to think about it is having an emergency disrupt your vacation, which should be time spent relaxing. But it’s important to be prepared for anything, whether it’s an act of nature or just an unfortunate mechanical issue with your rig. For that reason, pack an emergency kit that includes jumper cables, road flares, a cell phone charger, maps, and even a small hand-crank radio. Additionally, make sure you have an emergency communication plan for you and anyone else traveling with you, just in case your group becomes separated. Finally, ask about and learn the emergency protocol for your chosen camping location, so you can be prepared to mobilize yourself and your loved ones if need be.
Keep Gassing Up
Holidays in the U.S. typically mean that millions of people are on the roads at the same time. This contributes to road congestion, accidents, and even gas shortages. Make sure you’re never left in the lurch by filling up your rig’s gas tanks as frequently as possible. A good rule of thumb is to not let your gas gauge dip below three-quarters of a tank.
Never Drive Impaired
Operating any size RV is a special challenge in and of itself, so imagine how much more dangerous driving a rig while impaired would be. Never drive your rig after drinking alcohol or taking legal or illegal drugs. And remember, alcohol and drugs aren’t the only things that can impair you; drowsiness and fatigue can as well. Signs that you are drowsy include frequent yawning and blinking, drifting out of your lane, and missing your exit. So, don’t hit the road unless you are well rested and can handle the trip, even if it’s a short one. The risk for causing an accident is too high on an already busy travel event.
Above all, be smart if you’re traveling for the Fourth of July in your RV. Be calm and patient while on the road and heading toward your destination. That way, when you arrive, you can set up camp, kick back, and relax.
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