If you’re planning on buying an Recreation Vehicle you might be wondering if you need to take an RV Ed course. An Alberta driver with a regular Class 5 licence is allowed to drive almost any size of RV, provided it’s not equipped with air brakes. However, even if you have a Class 5 licence and this is your first time owning and driving an RV, it makes sense to consider enrolling in an RV Ed course. It will provide you with safe guidelines for driving and reduce your risk of not only damaging your vehicle but also getting into accidents while on the road.
Here’s why you should take an RV Ed course in Alberta:
RVs are wider, taller and longer than the average vehicles you have driven in the past. This means you might not be prepared to deal with every scenario. For example, when you arrive at a campground where things tend to be pretty tight you might find it difficult or even impossible to back safely into your campground.
Not only is this embarrassing as fellow campers watch your epic fail, but it’s also dangerous for campers who could get injured while you are focused on trying to get into the campground. With an RV Ed course, you’ll learn about hazard awareness along with parking skills. This keeps you, your family and your neighbouring campers safe during your travels.
Reduce Risk For Accidents
RV Ed courses are designed to teach RV drivers safe driving techniques. Not only are you better prepared for the scenario above, but you will also learn safety, towing, braking and accident prevention. You’ll be more comfortable when backing up but will also become skilled at unexpected challenges such as dealing with a tight corner.
Driving on the road presents new challenges and requires frequent mirror checks. You also should be looking farther ahead on the road than you normally would in a car. Your RV course will teach you all of these important things so you are safer on the road.
Understanding the Full Gamut
Nothing offers more confidence on the road than hands-on, actual behind-the-wheel lessons. You might discover you’re pretty good behind the wheel but chances are you could use some pointers. However, the RV course will go beyond behind-the-wheel training. You’ll learn valuable information including Pre-Trip Safety Inspection and how to navigate when driving in a hectic city. Setting up your mirrors, pulling into gas stations, filling up and even road courtesy for RVers are all important things you can learn in your course.
Braking and Defensive Driving
Braking can be a major challenge for novice drivers. Remember you are faced with either exhaust or air brakes which are very different. The weight of your new RV has a big impact on your ability to stop so being aware of your vehicle and how it reacts in sudden brake scenarios is very important. You’ll also want to understand the safe use of a jack for your RV. Having defensive driving skills is also important along with proper lane changing and management.
It’s not uncommon for novice RVers to find that driving on something as common as an on or off-ramp feels as if they are about to topple over. This is because the weight is distributed differently on an RV due to its height. Learning how to take these turn offs skillfully will help you avoid rollovers. Of course, your travels can take you to dangerous areas such as mountain roads or narrow passages in Alberta. These conditions can also make your RV feel top-heavy. Understanding the differences you will encounter when driving an RV will help you handle these scenarios with confidence.
Getting some travel trailer insurance quotes to find the best deals is a must so you are fully covered and fully prepared.
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