|Motorhome Driving Tips for your hire / rental Motorhome
Driving With A Motor Home
The motor home is larger, taller and heavier than the average vehicle. Usually when you hire or rent a Motorhome, you do not need to have a special license, but you certainly need to be
much more careful while driving especially on the narrow roads in the highland of Scotland.
* Always keep speed limits.
Remember your height limitations. The motorhome is always higher than you think
it is, The Motorhome / rental hire company should have the height clearly displayed, because of the cab over area and air condition box.
Be careful and keep the road signs while entering tunnels, under bridges,
underground parking area, and other low height spaces.
Overweight causes all kinds of problems such as getting out of control or even breakdown. That is why you have to keep the maximum weight permitted.
Backing Up / Parking
Backing up with a motorhome is one of the most common reasons for collisions
and accidents. That is why it should be done very carefully. Many people loose their deposits from the Motorhome rental / hire company due to this.
Rear and side mirrors are not always very helpful to indicate the situation behind you.
* Never back up without someone to assist you. Ask one of the other
passengers to get off the vehicle and guide you from the outside.
Passing Another Vehicle
Passing another vehicle must be done very carefully since you can not estimate
your own length. Never pass on the right. Use signals to show your intentions and
always accelerate until you finish passing.
Use your mirrors regularly to see what is going on behind you and on your sides.
The mirror on the driver side is always more reliable than the other side mirror. Be sure to set your mirrors before leaving the motorhome hire / rental companies premises
Since the motorhome is a heavy and large vehicle, it takes it more time to slow
down or accelerate. Avoid sudden stopping by changing gears gently and graduate.
Slow down when entering busy traffic, and make sure you have enough time to stop.
Roads And Highways
|Drive in the appropriate lane of the road. Usually in 4 lanes highway, the two right
lanes are for heavy vehicles and trucks. Drive the motorhome on the right lane of the road, and let
faster vehicles to pass you.
If there is a truck or another motorhome in front of you, keep safety distance from it
of at least 5 seconds. Keep away from driving side by side with him because he is blocking you sight area.
Motorhome Driving Tips – In Cities
Entering a big city is never pleasant. The traffic is very busy and slow, driving
makes you stress, and finding a parking area is really a problem
Motorhome Driving Tips – at Night
Driving at night is not recommended for inexperienced motorhome –drivers especially those who have recently collected the motorhome from the hire / rental company.
reason you need to do it, make sure other drivers can see you, by turning on the
Hard Weather Conditions
Weather conditions can be unpredictable. Avoid driving in fog, heavy rain, ice, snow
or dust storm. Ice or wet roads can be very slippery and dangerous and need special driving skills. Be aware of crosswinds. Wind suddenly blowing against the side your motorhome may cause a sudden swerve into another lane. In every situation of bad visibility conditions, slow down to minimum and drive very carefully on the right side
of the road. If you are planning to travel on winter, make sure you rent snow chains
or special wheels.
In case you are forced to stop on the road, like for example while the road is being
under constructions, turn on your hazard lights to warn the vehicle behind you.
Again please ensure the Motorhome hire / rental company gives you full instructions about driving the motorhome in the country / area you are camping in.