Proper driving procedures when in or around recreational vehicles

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A recreational vehicle is a great way to have fun in California, but such a large vehicle may be part of a larger accident than a small car. An RV owner should take the time to understand their vehicle and the legalities around driving it. Likewise, those who share the road with RVs should know the best ways to avoid an accident with this much larger vehicle.

Proper licensing should be the first concern of an RV owner. Unlike a few other states in the US, California does not require a CDL to drive an RV. Instead, whether you need a Class A, B or C license depends on the size and type of your RV. For example, the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles requires a non-commercial Class B license for RVs between 40′ and 45′. RV owners without the proper licensing may face steeper penalties in the event of an accident on the road.

For those who share the road with RVs, caution is the best practice. According to Nationwide, large vehicles, such as RVs, need a lot of room for right-hand turns and other maneuvers. These three tips are important to remember when driving near an RV.

* Provide extra room for stopping and turning * Stay out of blind spots * Move over for RVs entering the highway

Proper safety wren driving in or near an RV is an important part of reducing road accidents. Whether traveling for work or on vacation, all motorists should keep this information in mind to prevent a trip from ending poorly.

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