Extreme Weather Driving

Extreme Weather Driving in thick fog, driving rain, icy roads or blowing snow can reduce visibility and cause extreme driving hazards.

During these conditions your RV will not handle the same. If you are driving in bad weather follow these safety tips.

Fog and Snow

Fog is the Most Common Visibility Problem

  • If you can't see more than seven vehicle lengths ahead you must slow down to a maximum speed of 20 to 30 miles per hour. If you can see more than three vehicle lengths, you should only be driving 10 to 15 miles per hour. If visibility is zero you need to find a safe place to get off the road. How long would it take you to stop if you encounter an accident ahead of you?
  • Keep low beams on so others can see well. Blinding other drivers leads to accidents.
  • Use wipers if windshield mists up.
Rain is the most common weather driving hazard. Visibility can be limited as much as with fog. For safe driving reduce speed to increase traction and control.

  • Your RV can easily hydroplane because traction is reduced when rain mixes with dirt, oil and grease on the road.
  • The traction of your RV will be affected by the type and weight of your RV, your tire condition, the road surface, and the road and air temperatures. A Trailer Sway Control works for all types of road conditions.

Winds over 60 miles per hour can land you in the ditch! Keep your hands on the wheel and watch for wind gusts on overpasses, bridges, when exiting tunnels, or driving near canyons or open flat areas.

Snow contributes to both visibility and reduced traction. When winter driving give yourself plenty of time and be alert. Use low beams, and windshield wipers. Accelerate, steer, and brake smoothly to avoid skidding.In the Ditch

Ice creates the slickest road conditions even if visibility is good. Black ice is impossible to see especially at night. Note if ice is forming on your mirrors than there is most likely ice on the road as well. Bridges and overpasses can be especially dangerous when driving on ice. Increase your braking distance 4 to 10 times what you normally would allow. Listening to the radio can alert you the changing weather. Accelerate or decelerate slowly and slow down!

Now Proceed to a Better Climate!