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Why are recreational vehicles prone to accidents?

Having your own recreational vehicle is a dream you've had for years. Now that you have one, it's important that you take precautions to stay safe on the roads. Before you ever drive, make sure that you understand the differences in these vehicles compared to traditional cars and trucks.

RVs are much larger than many traditional vehicles. People often get into accidents because of the size and weight of the RV. Keep your RVs height handy so that you don't accidentally hit a low bridge, for example, and know how much clearance do you need.

Another thing to remember is that maintenance is extremely important. Each time you are going on a trip, you need to check and belts and hoses, headlights, turn signals, tail lights, hitches and towing equipment as well as your tires. Inside the RV, you have to make sure that there are fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. You also should make sure that everything inside is secured for travel. Items should be secured not only so that they don't fall out of cupboards while you drive but also because they would become projectiles in the event of a crash.

The most common RV accidents happen as a result of tire blowouts, clearance and height mistakes and overloading. It is easy to avoid these problems if you just take the time to learn more about your RV. If you're in a crash because of someone else failing to do enough to understand their vehicle, it's your right to hold them accountable. No one should drive any vehicle until they're confident in their skills.

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