RV Vehicle Emergency Maneuvers

A vehicle emergency can happen at any time and decisions made can affect the rest of your life. RV drivers handling large or long vehicles should master emergency maneuvers as part of their safe driving procedures, and have a basic accident injury procedure.

Safe drivers should understand strategies to avoid emergency situations, what to do in case of an emergency and how to regain control of your rig.

  1. Stay alert to traffic, weather, road conditions and your surroundings. Use your mirrors and think ahead for escape routes. Keep looking 12-15 seconds in front of you. Being prepared includes keeping a well maintained RV, keeping passengers in seat belts, and both hands on the steering wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock.
  2. Using evasive driving maneuvers, emergency braking, skid control and recovery.
  3. Manage the space around your RV. You don't want to get boxed in with inadequate stopping distance.
  4. React as soon as you see a problem developing, choose an escape route, and brake before turning. Braking while turning could cause your RV to roll over.
  5. To avoid collision, you should change lanes when possible; use the shoulder if no lane is available. You should avoid the oncoming traffic lane unless it is your only safe choice. Your last option is to leave the roadway. This can be very dangerous if the surface is uneven or contains debris.
  6. In case of a tire blow-out grip the steering wheel with both hands, accelerate to overcome any drag, let the RV slow itself, and then gently brake and pull off the road to stop.
  7. If you must emergency brake, stay calm, apply steady pressure if you have Anti-lock brakes (ABS). Use the stab and release method if you do not have ABS brakes. You should apply hard pressure (stab) and then let the wheels roll (release) for about 3/4 of a second each until the vehicle slows to a stop.
  8. Skids are generally caused by over-braking, over-steering, or over accelerating. To recover from a skid you would do the opposite, take your foot off the gas, let off the brakes, and reduce the degree of your turn. So stop turning, braking, and steer in the direction you want to go, or counter-steer to get back on course and apply brakes as appropriate to stop.

RV Travel Safety and Driving Emergency Tips!

To increase your motorhome safety or RV towing safety always stay alert, keep your RV in good condition, use seatbelts, scan ahead and behind your RV, always use your mirrors, manage the space around your rig and plan an escape route.