Safety Tips for Winter Driving

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The RV lifestyle is known for being laid back and relaxing. That is, of course, until you try to drive your RV in winter conditions. Snow, sleet, rain and ice can quickly turn the relaxation inside your RV into a stressful situation, but if you follow a few simple tips for driving in wintry conditions, you can save yourself a lot of headache and keep your family safe on the road.

Get Some Rest

It may seem obvious, but having a good night's rest before a long day of driving is absolutely essential. Small moments of drowsiness can cause serious accidents in winter weather conditions because the icy roads require immediate reactions from the driver.

Slow Down and Stop Earlier

You may be in a hurry to get to your holiday destination on time, but nothing is more important than your safety. Leave your home earlier than you would in perfect driving conditions. The extra time will allow you to slow down when conditions get rough and still make it to your destination in time to open presents.

Snow and ice are slippery, so it's very important to start stopping earlier than you would on dry roads. If your RV slides a bit when stopping, you'll still have that extra little bit of space to come to a complete stop without causing an accident.

Travel Trailer and Vehicle Check

Always make sure your tires are inflated properly and are in good condition for the length of your trip. Snow tires may even be helpful on your towing vehicle and travel trailer if you're headed to an area that receives heavy winter precipitation.

Check your headlights and wipers before you hit the road as well. A good set of winter wiper blades can make a huge difference in a snow or ice storm.

Bring Your Vehicle By Bent's RV

If you're ever uncertain about the condition of your vehicle or just need some scheduled maintenance performed before taking it on the road, bring it by Bent's RV. We're your one-stop location for RV parts and service in Louisiana, and our certified RV technicians can help you get your vehicle in top condition before you embark on another exciting RV adventure.

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