Spring is quickly approaching and the weather will soon be perfect for having a vacation adventure. Rhode Islanders who own recreational vehicles may be especially excited about the possibilities. And perhaps some of the finest vacationing may be done in the mountains of the northeastern region of the United States.
But while mountains offer spectacular scenery, mountain roads can be treacherous. When on a mountain road, a driver may be faced with sharp inclines or declines. Navigating on such terrain is a challenge that demands a driver's full attention. So what precautions can an RV driver take on a mountain road? Here are a few tips:
- When driving downhill, control your speed with your engine rather than your brakes. Downshift to second or even first gear to keep the RV moving at a safe speed.
- When driving uphill, you want to run the RV at maximum horsepower. This can be achieved by downshifting a stepping on the gas gently.
- Monitor the temperature gauge. If the RV starts to overheat, pull over to a safe spot. Let the engine continue to run so the coolant will keep circulating.
- Avoid driving when fatigued. Share the driving chores if possible.
Using these tips may serve to help keep you and your passengers safe on a mountain excursion. But nothing will ever eliminate all the risks inherent in driving an RV on a mountain road. An RV accident could leave victims with serious injuries.
If you or any members of your family are ever injured in a RV accident, you will likely wish to pursue all available options for compensation. A Rhode Island personal injury attorney could conduct an investigation to determine liability and may be able to help you receive an acceptable level of recompense.