Travelling by camper is something of an art, requiring intelligence, creativity and common sense, but even today, far too many campers ignore even the most basic rules for safety on the road. How can we win over these hard cases? We will try to draw up a short list of bad habits to be corrected, focusing on the road safety aspect. We cannot behave on the road as if there were no dangers around us. The watchword is: care.
we all know: excessive speed is the main cause of accidents. There is always the risk that an obstacle might be seen at the last minute and braking distances and reaction times could be too short. These vary depending on the vehicle's speed. Stopping distance is calculated by squaring the tens in the speed. For example: if a vehicle is travelling at 100 km/h, the distance is 10 squared, so the vehicle will stop in 100 metres. We then have to add the reaction distance to this figure: this is calculated by multiplying the tens in the speed by 3. Therefore, the reaction distance when travelling at 100 km/h will be 30 metres which, added to the stopping distance value, will give a total braking distance of 130 metres. Naturally, these values apply with optimal road conditions and the vehicle in ideal state. On wet tarmac and with worn tyres, the stopping distance increases significantly, and so does the reaction distance if the driver is not concentrating on the road.
No holding a smartphone
The use of a smartphone and all devices which may distract the driver from the level of concentration required to react promptly in any situation is absolutely forbidden. Bear in mind that the calculation we provided above is only guideline, but in general terms it is sufficient to give an idea of the potential risks.
One bad habit of camper passengers is travelling with their feet on the dashboard. This may temporarily increase comfort levels during the journey, but it is also the easiest way to ensure leg injuries in the event of a collision.
Longer stops and more common sense with children
If we are tired we must stop more often, but we must never put our safety at risk for the sake of a little more relaxation. Although there are many more factors which may reduce safety, we will conclude this short review by highlighting one of the most dangerous habits for those who travel by camper.
This is the serious error of leaving children in the roof section or berths when on the road: this bad practice is really dangerous, since a child in a bunk bed can easily fall out and get hurt if the camper swerves or brakes suddenly. Here again, the best advice is, once you run out of games, stop more often.
Correcting even just these bad habits would considerably increase comfort and safety on board. Basically, it doesn't take much.