RV Driving Safety: Driving While Tired

 

A long drive in your motorhome can soon make your eyelids feel heavy. They used to call it road hypnosis. That is when the open road and passing lane markers can start to lull you into a very tired state. While everyone knows the dangers about drunk driving, there is not much said about driving while tired. Studies have shown that driving while tired is as dangerous, if not more so, than driving after a few drinks. Since many RVers travel from one part of the country to the next, this is a huge risk for them.

While you may have set a schedule to get to your destination by a certain time, you must realize that trying to fight off your drowsiness may not always work. If you find yourself behind the wheel having a hard time keeping your eyes open or concentrating on the road then it is time for you to pull over and take a break. It is recommended that you pull over and take a breather every two hours. If you are feeling tired then you may want to take a quick power nap. These are naps that take between 15 and 30 minutes that are a great way to refresh your batteries.

It is best if you have someone else who is able to drive your RV. This will allow you to take turns driving and keeping a fresh pair of eyes on the road. While it is great to have a thermos full of hot coffee with you while driving, do not go overboard and drink the entire thing in one sitting. This may keep you awake, but it can also impair your driving skills. The best way to combat tired driving is with regular breaks to stretch and keep your mind functioning.

While we all love making great time on the road, the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers should come first. Make use of your new RV and take a break in the back if you need to and you will be able to drive across the country in safety and comfort.

Keep your RV groovin’ with these radio solutions

When you are driving for hours through the plains and fields of America, it can be easy to feel the need for a mental pick-me-up. A great way to do this is to turn on the radio and jam along with some of your favorite tunes. No one wants to be miserable driving their new RV across the country. Having an RV without music can become a very monotonous experience, but there are times where you may think that you have to deal with dead air. Driving through tiny towns and barren landscapes usually means finding only a handful a radio stations, and there’s no guarantee they play the music you like. So how do you find solutions for getting the music you want to hear on your radio?

Nearly all RV’s are come stock with a radio receiver and CD player, and many of those also have an iPod dock or connector. This is a great way to play only the music that you want to hear. All you have to do is pull up your favorite artist or playlist, and you have hours of musical entertainment ahead of you. Of course, even an iPod full of music has its limitations. You may have to fumble with the device to get the song you want which can be a large road distraction. Also, you may have heard the same CDs or digital songs over and over again and want to hear something new.

If this sounds like you, then you have two options. The first is satellite radio. With satellite radio you will be able to get your radio station anywhere in the country without dealing with reception issues. The only downside is that you have to pay a monthly fee to get this service. On the other hand you can use your smart phone and a radio adapter to listen to radio stations from all over the world for free. There are great radio programs like I Heart Radio that allow you to listen to your favorite local stations anywhere in the world. And the best part of all is that it is free.

No matter what you choose, be sure that you are enjoying your RV. Hitting the open road with a personal soundtrack is what being an RVer is all about.