According to Association for Safe International Road Travel, about 1.3 million individuals die in road crashes every year. This means that about 3,287 individuals die every day. These are shocking statistics which beg the question of how to impress the art of safe, responsible driving on the vast numbers of global vehicle owners.
One of the best ways to avoid motor vehicle accidents is by making sure that your vehicle is roadworthy and fully kitted out before you start out on your journey. Also, if you plan on renting a recreation vehicle for your journey, it’s important to choose the safest and most reliable RV rental company to rent a motorhome from.
Road safety tips to adhere to while on holiday
In order to be safe on the road, It is vital that as the vehicle driver you are aware of all of the road rules and road safety tips that are applicable to the country that you are travelling through. This is especially important if you are renting an unfamiliar vehicle such as an RV, as you need to know all the rules and regulations around driving these types of vehicles before renting them.
Get your vehicle serviced before you leave
It is essential to make sure that your vehicle is in optimal working order before you embark on your journey. Have a vehicle mechanic check the tires, air conditioner, battery, fluids, and various drive belts in your vehicle’s engine. Also ensure that the vehicle has the correct engine oil for the conditions that you will be travelling in. If you are looking to rent an RV, have your RV dealer make sure that all of these factors are taken care of before you rent the vehicle.
Get a good night’s sleep.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers who drive while drowsy cause about 100,000 accidents every year. Having a good night’s sleep before you leave and during your trip will help you rest and regain energy for the next day’s drive. This is especially true if you are renting a large vehicle like an RV.
Be sun smart during the drive
It is amazing how easy it is to end up with sunburn (even in winter snow) at the end of a long day in the car. Therefore, make sure that all your passengers put sunblock on all exposed skin and wear a good pair of sunglasses. This will prevent eye strain from the glare of the sun as well as getting sick due to overexposure to the sun.
Break up the trip into manageable sections
It is not recommended to drive continuously for too many hours in a single stretch. It’s important to take a quick pit stop every two hours to get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs. If using an RV, make sure that multiple drivers are trained to drive, as relying on one driver may limit the distance you can cover in a single day.
Ignore phone calls.
Talking (or texting) on your mobile phone while driving is very dangerous and creates a situation where you are distracted from the road and are at risk of having an accident. Therefore, do not make or receive phone calls while driving.
It is every vehicle driver’s responsibility to do everything in his power to drive safely and do his best to avoid accidents. As stated above, many people die every year in road accidents. For RVs though, the rate of death is lower at 26 deaths per year. This makes RVs a safer option, as they have an average fatality rate of around 1/3rd of the average rate of all vehicles. Regardless of what vehicle you end up driving, the unfortunate reality is that most of these accidents are preventable and can be avoided if drivers act responsibly when behind the wheel of a vehicle.