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Driving an RV in the winter

from Brodbeck Porter Insurance Agency

Nov 3, 2014

Three Tips for Driving Your RV in the Snow:

A RV parked near snow-capped mountains I apologize if you're holding on to your last days of warmth, but winter will be here before you know it! If you travel year-round in an RV and are looking forward to camping in snowy weather, be prepared for poor road conditions. Here are three tips to keep you, your family, and your RV safe during wintertime travel:

1.Get Acquainted With Rear-Wheel Drive
You might have to change your driving habits as most motor homes are rear-wheel drive. With snowfall and ice, it's not uncommon to start sliding. If this happens, slightly pump the brakes to regain control of the vehicle. Most importantly, gently slow down and leave at least three times the amount of space you normally would between you and the vehicle ahead.

2.Be Prepared to Pull Over
Motor homes and travel trailers can be difficult to handle in good weather. Add winter driving conditions to the mix and it becomes even more challenging. Give yourself ample time to get to your destination and be prepared to spend a couple of nights off the road in case there is a snow or ice storm. You may lose time on the road, but safety is key for you, your travelers and your vehicle.

3.Pulling a Trailer
Travel trailers have challenges of their own once the weather gets cold and the snow starts to fall. It's important to stay calm if you lose control of the wheel. Try to avoid making sharp turns and abrupt stops. If you see your trailer fishtailing behind you, gently apply only the trailer brakes to reduce the sway. Ideally, you should stay off the road if any snow or ice is present.

Brodbeck Porter wants you to experience traveling through the winter safely. Call us to help you choose the right insurance for your RV adventures.

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