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What should new recreational vehicle drivers know?

Driving a recreational vehicle (RV) for the first time is a lot of fun, but it's also different from being behind the wheel of any other vehicle. RVs are substantially bigger than other personal vehicles, so they can take time to get used to.

Yes, many new RVs drive similarly to cars, but there are some things you need to remember. For instance, the vehicle weighs much more than a standard passenger vehicle. As a result, you need to take more time to slow down and stop. Failing to do so could end up causing a crash.

Another thing to remember is that RVs are wider than passenger vehicles. Because of that, it's necessary to be cautious when turning, especially on narrow roads or city streets. Did you know that the wheels of the RV may be behind or under you when you drive? That means you have to pull out further than expected before you make a turn. The RV is longer, as well, which means you need to pull into the left lane slightly when making a turn toward the right.

Always remember to use your turn signals, and stop and check if you have enough clearance if you're unsure. It's worth the time to stop and check rather than causing damage to another vehicle or an injury to a person. City streets are narrow, too, so keep in mind that you may have to be patient or take longer routes to go around alleys or congested areas.

Driving an RV isn't always easy, and those around a new driver could be in danger. If you're hit, remember that you have a right to file a claim.

Source: RV Road Trips, "RV Driving For Beginners: All The Best Tips You Need To Drive An RV For The First Time," accessed Jan. 10, 2018

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