Basic Tips for Winter RV Driving

November 22, 2021

The road trips don’t have to stop just because the cold weather is here.

But before you take your Fleetwood RV out for winter-weather travel, there are a few basic things to know about driving on icier, snowier roads. Read on for some advice on safer winter RV driving.

Winterize, winterize, winterize!
Tired of us talking about winterizing yet? That’s how important it is that you prepare your Fleetwood RV to survive the winter weather. If you haven’t yet done so, schedule an appointment at one of our Service & Repair centers. They’ll make sure your RV can endure the cold roads ahead. 

Winterize, winterize, winterize, pt.2
Prepping your Fleetwood for winter travel should also include snow tires. Chances are your RV has the shoes it came with, so to speak. Driving through cold-weather regions warrants a bit more tread on your tires. Get help from an RV service center near you, or check in with one of our Service & Repair centers today.

Big vehicle = bigger caution
Being a bigger, heavier vehicle doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be firmly planted on the road, especially in icy or snowy conditions. Slipping and swerving can still happen, and because your RV most likely has rear-wheel drive, you won’t have the same level of control and traction you get when driving a car in similar conditions. Be gentler on your brakes, add extra distance between you and the vehicles ahead of you, and never overcompensate when you lose control. 

Dim the lights
At first read it might seem counterintuitive. But here’s the thing: Anything brighter than your low beams is going to reflect off of that snow and blind you—albeit temporarily. But even a moment of reduced visibility can put you or others at risk. 

A seasoned RV pro like you probably has a bunch of great winter driving tips. Share them with your fellow Fleetwood RVers over on our Facebook page!


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