Do You Need RV Safety Tips?

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    May 28 2021

    Do You Need RV Safety Tips?

    Recreational vehicle (RV) shipments set records during the first quarter of 2021. According to the RV Industry Association, a record-breaking 148,507 RV units shipped out in the first quarter of 2021. It is the most RVs ever shipped in a single quarter. Another survey found that 56 million people plan to go RVing this summer. Are you planning on hitting the road in an RV? If so, read on for our RV safety tips and important information about Nevada RV laws.

    We hope these RV safety tips help you and your loved ones stay safe. We also understand that even the most cautious person can be injured in an RV accident. If an RV accident injures you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t depend on insurance companies to support your best interests. Only an experienced car accident lawyer will fight for you to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Remember that insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation for your injuries. To get the compensation you deserve, you need experts in your corner. We offer over two decades of experience and a track record of winning significant compensation for Las Vegas car accident victims. Now is the right time to contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Understand Your State’s Licensing Laws

    RV safety requires that you follow the law. This includes understanding and following your state’s licensing laws. Not all states require a special driver’s license to drive an RV. However, some states have different licensing laws for RVs based on weight. It is your responsibility to understand your state’s licensing laws. According to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles:

    • RV and trailer owners need a Class A or B license to drive vehicles 26,001 pounds or heavier.
    • An Endorsement J is needed to tow a vehicle over 10,000 GVWR.
    • If the combination of the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle(s) exceed 26,001 pounds, a Class A license is required.
    • Additional written and skills tests are required

    Know How to Drive Your RV

    RV safety requires driving knowledge. Just like any other vehicle, you should know how to safely drive your RV before hitting the road. You should be able to exercise basic control of your RV and know how to do the following:

    • Accelerate
    • Shift gears
    • Control speed
    • Steer
    • Turn
    • Brake
    • Park
    • Use your mirrors
    • Signal your intentions
    • Drive at night
    • Drive in hot weather (especially if you live in Nevada)
    • Handle a tire failure safely
    • Maintain control in a skid
    • Inspect and secure your cargo

    Unfortunately, not everyone makes RV safety a priority. If an RV driver injures you, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights and advocate your position. Choose your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer wisely. Our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers and staff offer you the best chance to win the compensation you deserve as an accident victim. Don’t delay. Now is not the time to go without the experience and expertise of our top Las Vegas car accident lawyers. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. You don’t have to worry about affordability – we only get paid if you win.

    Prepare for Your RV Trip

    Safety also entails preparation. While not all accidents can be prevented, travel stress can be reduced with proper planning. If you are planning an RV trip, completing the following tasks can help you safely prepare for your trip:

    • Check road conditions. Be aware of construction or traffic delays.
    • Confirm any necessary campground or RV park reservations.
    • Keep up-to-date on weather forecasts. Allow extra travel time for bad weather.
    • Confirm RV insurance and roadside assistance.
    • Know vehicle weight limits.
    • Complete your RV safety checklist. A list of items to include on your checklist is provided below.

    RV Safety Checklist

    Safety starts before you hit the road. Before you go on any RV adventure, make sure to complete your RV safety checklist. You should create an RV safety checklist specific to your RV. You should check the items on your checklist before each and every RV trip. Many RV technicians also offer this service.

    You may want to include the following items on your RV safety checklist to make sure your RV is in proper working order:

    • Batteries
    • Water system
    • Windows and wipers
    • Lights and signals
    • Electrical systems
    • Appliances
    • Tires
    • Fluids
    • Seams and seals
    • Safety equipment. This includes your smoke detector and fire extinguisher.

    Be Fit to Drive Your RV

    In addition to knowing how to drive your RV, you should also be fit to drive your RV. Fitness requires more than knowledge. Staying alert and being fit to drive your RV requires that you do the following:

    • Drive sober. Nevada DUI laws apply to RV operators.
    • Get enough sleep.
    • Be alert and pay attention while driving.
    • Avoid medications that interfere with your ability to drive safely.
    • Keep cool, especially in the summer heat.
    • Take breaks.
    • Stop driving when you are drowsy.

    Practice RV Safety While Driving

    Once you hit the road, you are responsible for your safety and the safety of your passengers. You should always practice RV safety while driving and remember to do the following:

    • Always wear a seat belt when the RV is moving.
    • Apply the parking brake when leaving the RV.
    • Drive at a safe speed.
    • Do not drive over vegetation.
    • Respect all signage and barriers.
    • Only drive in designated areas.
    • Pay attention. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially in an RV.

    Everyone Should Buckle Up

    It may be tempting to let passengers roam when traveling in an RV. This can be dangerous and deadly. If you are traveling by RV, you should ensure that you and your loved ones have a safe seating arrangement. This includes proper seat belt restraints and car seats. Not all RVs have the correct safety belts or anchor attachments. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends RV drivers and passengers do the following:

    • Do not sit on side- or rear-facing benches when the RV is moving.
    • Choose an RV that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208. These RVs have type 2 (lap and shoulder) belts in all forward-facing seating positions. Type 1 belts (lap only) are not safe for children.
    • Find alternate seating if there aren’t enough safe seating positions for everyone. This may require that you bring a second vehicle or rent a tow-behind style RV.

    We hope the above RV safety tips help you and your family stay safe on the road this summer. If another driver injures you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Remember that insurance companies won’t take your side when it comes to you receiving top compensation for your injuries. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.


    If you are injured in a Las Vegas area car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation.

    Award-winning personal injury law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We offer the best combination of personal injury knowledge and expertise to help you win the significant compensation you deserve. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and serve clients throughout the Las Vegas area. Your choice of a top Las Vegas car accident lawyer can be one of the most consequential decisions you’ve ever made. Let us show you what our decades of experience can do for your personal injury case. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.


    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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