Driving Tips for RV Snowbirds

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Last updated on April 27th, 2009 at 06:45 pm

The calendar shows it is April. April, the time of year that many, many folks who, for sixth months, have traded their familiar northern residences for the warmth and fun activities of southern states. In the spring they reverse the process and head north to inhabit their summer homes. These people are referred to as ‘Snowbirds’. However, they don’t think much of snow and cold, icy weather.

The crazy weather is playing tricks on the northwest, midwest, central and eastern parts of the country. Roads in a lot of states in these sections are still under winter conditions …black ice on highways, high winds, rain, sleet, snow, hail.

Here are a few reminder tips for driving in nasty weather, whether you are in your RV, or your POV.

  • Black ice is often unseen until you are on it. Watch for it especially on bridges that cross over waterways.
  • Avoid driving alongside semi-trailer trucks when it is snowing or the road is icy. Either pass them quickly or remain in the lane, behind.
  • Back off on the accelerator when you approach a curve or bridge. Anticipate oncoming traffic and how you will react if a vehicle slides.
  • Don’t trust your cruise control when there is ice on the road. If it accelerates you could lose control and spin out.
  • A flashlight, water, flares, a blanket, matches, candle and a well charged cellular phone are good items to have among your emergency equipment.

Hopefully the weather will change for the better and Snowbirds will reach their northern nest safe and sound.

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