RVs are great for everyone. Adults, babies, kids, and even dogs can enjoy going on adventures in them. In fact, they make for incredible family vacations. But finding an RV and planning out a road trip when taking the kids with you can be a bit tricky. You want to make sure they stay entertained all while staying safe. It can be easy to want to let them run around and play but taking safety precautions will ensure that everyone stays safe all while having fun.
Get the right RV
Did you know that there are different kinds of RVs? There is class A, B, and C. Class B & C motorhomes are built on the base of a commercial truck, so these motorhomes are required to adhere to the same safety rules that trucks and vans must adhere to (at least when it comes to the front seat). Class A RVs don’t have these same requirements because of how they’re built.
This may sound like common sense but the laws about seatbelts are a bit foggy when it comes to seatbelts in RVs. You’ll want to look up the laws in the states that you are visiting but overall, it’s in your best interest as well as your children to be restrained. It keeps everyone safe in case of an accident. Also, keep in mind that seat belts in RVs are not the same as standard vehicles. The only seatbelts that are safe for children’s car seats are made with the safety standards required. Sofas, benches, beds and other furniture are not designed to have car-seats strapped to them.
This tip might seem obvious but driving RVs can feel so smooth it is easy to forget that you’re basically driving a home on wheels. If you’re driving at 60 miles an hour, everything inside the RV is moving at 60 miles an hour. If you need to come to a sudden stop, anything that is not restrained will fly forward. There are storage features in place, but you have to ensure cupboard doors are latched shut and everything is put away. RVs are also prone to rolling over more than other vehicles. Practice extra caution on the roads, especially on busy highways and when the weather is poor.
Keep an eye on them
It can be very easy to get distracted once you’re at the campgrounds and ready to enjoy a break from driving. The campground might have a pool, a playground, and other activities for the children and they probably want to run around and enjoy all that there is to see and do. Always keeping an eye on them will help make sure they don’t get lost or run into any other safety issues. Stranger danger tips and car and bicycle awareness will also help keep them safe while out and about.
Safety is key when you’ve got small children with you. While RVs might feel like home, it’s extremely important to remember that you are still in a moving vehicle. Following these safety tips will provide an emergency free road trip for everyone in the family.