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According to the RV Industry Association, since the pandemic, travel has decreased drastically with one exception: parks. "Using anonymized GPS data from mobile phones, Google estimates travel outside the home was 7% lower in September than at the beginning of the year, a gradual increase from the 23% drop seen in April. Every destination Google is tracking, from retail to office to restaurants, has seen a moderate to severe drop except one: parks, a category including everything from public beaches, dog parks, and marinas to national parks."

 

As we look for wide open and safe travel options it's hard not to think of an RV! Traveling by RV can be a great way to save money and see the best of what the world has to offer. Whether you're considering renting an RV or are an RV owner, here are a few tips to keep you safe as you plan for your future adventure.

 

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Before the trip, prepare your vehicle for the road.

  • Get your vehicle serviced by a qualified technician, and check your tires for damage and proper air pressure
  • Distribute loaded weight evenly and do not exceed vehicle weight limits
  • Ensure the propane gas system is working properly and there are no leaks
  • Pack an emergency kit of essential supplies and tools in case you experience trouble in a remote area

Drive your RV safely.

  • Practice driving and backing up your RV before you hit the road
  • Encourage all passengers to wear seatbelts
  • Recognize the additional stopping time and distance associated with a heavier vehicle
  • Watch for clearance hazards, such as gas station overhangs, trees, signs, and low bridges

Insuring your RV.

  • Make sure your RV insurance covers every aspect of your trip
  • If using a trailer, make sure you are covered under your auto insurance or consider purchasing appropriate insurance
  • Ensure you have roadside assistance on your insurance policy in case you need extra help with your vehicle

These are just a few tips that can help you prepare for the road. To learn more about RV insurance, visit usaa.com/RV.
For more comprehensive details specific to your RV, inquire with your RV manufacturer, sales representative or service center.

 

Have you been traveling in an RV? We would love to hear about your travels or future plans! Share in the comments.

 

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