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Driving a Class B Camper Van like a Pleasure Way or a Winnebago Era can be an amazing way to see the country, reconnect with family, and enjoy the pleasures of the open road. However, with the power and freedom of a camper van comes a responsibility to share the road and be a respectful and safe driver. Here are 10 ways to become a more respectful and considerate driver while driving one of these RVs.
1. Keep the left lane for passing vehicles
Most states already have laws that state that the left lane should only be used when passing or when turning. If you aren’t doing either of the two, you should be in the right lane.
2. Learn to zipper merge
Zipper merging is a good way to make construction zones or quick lane closures work more efficiently. Most drivers think that they’re supposed to merge as soon as possible when they see lane closures on the highway. However, the most efficient way to merge is actually to wait as long as possible to merge and to do so at a higher speed. Doing so helps keep traffic jams to a minimum.
3. Keep an eye out down further when driving
The farther ahead you look when driving, the better you are able to react and avoid potential accidents, traffic jams, and other problems on the road. A number of accidents happen when people are simply looking at the car right in front of them. Learning to anticipate is crucial when driving a larger vehicle.
4. Maintain a safe following distance
Just as it’s important to look out further down the road, it’s also important to keep a safe distance when following other vehicles. This helps prevent accidents and helps you anticipate what’s coming up next.
5. Don’t be a rubberneck
Accidents are an unfortunate part of driving, but we can reduce the risk of causing additional accidents by keeping our eyes focused on the road ahead rather than by looking at accidents that have already happened.
6. Keep those high beams off
Unless you’re in the middle of the night and on roads where there aren’t lights set up, you shouldn’t be using those high beams. They blind other drivers and increase the risks of accidents.
7. Maintain the right of way when it’s yours
It might seem polite to yield the right of way when it’s yours, but don’t do it, as it leads to accidents.
8. Use your hazard lights to say thank you
It’s a quick way of being polite and acknowledging others when they let you in on the road.
9. Remember those turn signals
It’s a way of showing your manners to signal before you turn. It’s also the law.
10. Leave extra time for your trip
Finally, haste makes waste. Leave early to arrive on time.
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