When driving a motorhome, it's important to consider the following factors:
- Size and dimensions: Motorhomes are larger than passenger cars, so be mindful of low bridges, narrow streets and the swinging out of the rear of the camper.
- Visibility: Motorhomes have large blind spots and limited rear view, so involve your passenger in monitoring blind spots and performing special manoeuvres.
- Speed: Motorhomes have a larger frontal surface, which means they consume more fuel when driven at maximum speed. It's recommended to maintain a slower pace and enjoy the journey.
- Driving in the mountains: When driving in mountainous areas, follow these tips:
- Descend in the same gear you used to ascend, allowing the motorhome to brake using the engine.
- Avoid keeping your foot on the brake to prevent overheating and reduced braking power.
- Be cautious of the motorhome's height and turning radius when navigating hairpin bends.
- Give priority to ascending traffic and assess whether you can safely pass through a hairpin bend with oncoming traffic.
Before you start your journey, take the following preventive measures:
- Check the oil level: Ensure the engine has sufficient oil for lubrication and cooling. Follow the instructions provided by the Advertiser to check and top up the oil if necessary.
- Check the coolant: Verify the coolant level in the transparent reservoir, maintaining it between the minimum and maximum indicators. Coolant prevents engine overheating.
- Check the tyre pressure: Regularly check and adjust the tyre pressure for optimal driving behaviour and to avoid blown tyres. Measure the pressure before driving long distances.
In the event of a breakdown, take immediate action. If a red or orange light appears on the dashboard, do not continue driving. Contact the breakdown service, insurance and the Advertiser for assistance.
Remember, some breakdowns are unavoidable, but by following these guidelines and taking necessary precautions, you can minimize the risk and enjoy a safe journey.
In case of a breakdown:
- Place a warning triangle 20 to 30 feet from the motorhome when on the emergency lane
- Wear fluorescent vests
- Stand behind the guardrail
Rules on how to act in case of a breakdown vary from country to country, so check carefully before you leave to see what specific measures are required.