RV Handling in High Winds
RVs are considered by many to be their home away from home, allowing them to travel to various places and stay in comfort surrounded by their own things. However, RV’s are also quite large and tall vehicles and therefore, more difficult to handle in high winds that normal vehicles.
Here is how high winds can affect the way your RV handles. First, the height of many RVs makes them act kind of sails on windy days rocking the RV and even pushing it towards other lanes in the roads when you are traveling. In some cases RVs can flip when traveling in high wind conditions.
You definitely want to gain some experience in driving any type of RV before trying to drive one of these types of vehicles on windy days. Even those who are more experienced at driving RVs can increase their safety by using the following tips.
- Keep both hands on the wheel even if everything seems to going smoothly a sudden gust of high wind can send your RV reeling and place you in a panic.
- Keep you speed lower than normal. The faster your RV traveling the more difficult it may be keep under control if a high winds push you towards the other lane into traffic.
- Reduce you speed even further when you first move from a protected area to one that is less protected when wind is a factor. For example, if you are traveling in an area with trees lining both sides of the road and then approach an open field, slowing down will help reduce the force of the wind suddenly hitting the side of your RV.
- Stay alert to all the other traffic around you. Other RVs and those big rigs traveling the roads are just as affected by high winds conditions as your RV is.
- Take more frequent breaks. Whether you are just driving a few miles away from home or are planning a trip that will take several days, driving in high winds will cause you to be tense and you need to take breaks in order to relax for 10 or 15 minutes every hour or so. Pulling into a rest area and stretching your legs and working those tense muscles in your neck and shoulders can make it easier to handle your RV in those windy conditions.
- If wind conditions are so high that you simply don’t feel safe, pull over and wait until the wind conditions die down a little. It is better to shorten your trip then to never arrive in one piece.
If you do a lot of traveling in your RV you may want to invest in the Drive Weather app http://driveweatherapp.com/ since this app can tell you what the weather conditions are going to be all along your route. In addition, you can use the time slider at the bottom of the app to see how to avoid dangerous winds by simply changing your departure time.