Aggressive drivers will hover to a bumper no matter the size of the vehicle. The fact that aggressive drivers don’t care that you are driving a large vehicle can be shown by the number of rear-end collisions caused by being followed too closely. While you can’t make them back off, you can allow more space between you and the vehicle directly in front of you. Allowing 10 seconds to slow down in the event of a quick brake needed is recommended for a safe stop/slow down.
This sort of accident is pretty common with RVers, more so than with most other vehicle types. While you can’t always prevent a blowout, there are preventive measures that will decrease the chances of a potential hazard. Checking the tire pressure on a regular basis, replacing tires every 3 to 6 years, or as soon as the tread begins to bald, and rotating tires every 7,000 miles are a few steps that will help prevent a blowout.
While this blends easily into the age/experience category of accident causes, speed plays a huge part in recorded accidents. Speeders can be 18 or 81, no matter the age, the damage is the same for the RVs in accidents due to speeding. With a greater vehicle like an RV comes greater responsibility, including driving within the posted speed limits. Speeding in an RV can decrease control, allow greater trailer sway and more damage sustained due to an event such as a blowout.
While some accidents are simply unavoidable, there are steps to take to prevent destruction and despair. Rotating tires and replacing old ones, having a properly-balance trailer and ensuring your speed matches the weather are a few preventive measures to help ensure a safe trip.
Additionally, knowing how to react to high winds, trailer sways or tiredness can also help stop an accident before it happens. Be cautious, fully alert, and most importantly, enjoy the drive!