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RV Ownership's Fall Hazards

Fall Hazards to Watch for When Driving an RV

Driving in your RV during a fall is a beautiful experience, yet there are some potential fall hazards you must know. Knowing these dangers can save you and your family from accidents.

Unlike other seasons, the weather is somewhat more unpredictable than harsh. The first frost of the season can make the roads slippery, especially on the bridges where ice can form, even if it isn't on the main road. 

Personal RV Insurance helps cover you and your RV if something goes wrong on the road or when it's parked.

You need a different mindset when driving an RV rather than a regular vehicle. RV safety begins before you even get on the road. In preparation for any trip, check for these potential hazards. 

Five Fall Hazards When Driving and Ways to Handle Them

There are plenty of fall hazards to watch out for. Likewise, knowing how to handle it and curtail issues is essential. 

Pile of Wet Leaves

When driving an RV, one of the most important things to look for is the hazards of slick leaves. According to RVLife, wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. They can camouflage obstacles on the road, such as potholes.

There are plenty of fall hazards to watch out for when driving an RV. Give yourself plenty of space, and take corners cautiously. If leaves cover the road, go slower and stop early enough to avoid an accident. Also, steer clear of leaf piles if you can.

Check Your Tires

Autumn is an excellent time to check tire pressure. Due to slick leaves, shifting weather, and black ice potential, it is essential to check your tires frequently. 

It is good to check your RV before leaving your house by looking at and walking around it. Fitting or replacing your tire tread in the fall is the best time.

Slippery Roads

It rains in the fall, reducing visibility and increasing hydroplane risk. Also, rain can develop into frost on snowy days. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, stay alert, give yourself enough room to stop, and avoid braking suddenly.  

Deer on the Road

Pay attention to animals crossing the road throughout the fall, especially during November. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, November is when you're most likely to hit an animal. (mainly a deer).

As stated by The University of Illinois Extension, you should try to avoid swerving if you come across an animal on the road. Ideally, you should slow down and let the animal pass.

Decreased Visibility

During fall, the shorter days and fog in the morning make the road trip challenging by reducing vision. Keep your sunglasses handy, and be ready for slower traffic. Avoid using high beams when driving early in the morning or late at night, wear your seatbelt, and switch on your lights. Also, ensure your defrost feature is in working condition before fall is in full swing.

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