The persistence of adverse weather is on the increase, with storms destroying roads and buildings and even causing human injuries and fatalities. Driving a motorhome in a storm can be extremely dangerous. Driving in high winds is difficult enough whilst in a car, however when in a motorhome it becomes a lot more dangerous.
As motorhomes are high-sided vehicles, your customers are more likely to feel the effect of the wind during a storm and therefore may struggle to navigate their vehicle. At the same time, they are also a risk to other road users, as buffeting winds can knock passing cyclists, bikers or even small cars.
If your customers are new to driving motorhomes or campervans, they may want to double check the weather before they head off to make sure they won’t face any issues. More experienced drivers will have a better idea of what their motorhomes can handle and what to do should driving conditions worsen.
However, at the same time you can’t always predict when a storm is going to hit, especially as weather can be extremely localised here in the UK. If your customers find themselves driving their motorhome through a storm, the number one thing they need to keep in mind is to reduce their speed as much as possible if it’s safe to do so. For example, if they are on a motorway, they need to make sure they are in the left lane and drop their speed to 50mph. Don’t go too slowly as this can cause accidents too.
It’s also important for your customers to protect both themselves and their motorhome even when they are parked up, as high winds and flooding can occur quickly in flat areas such as campsites and fields. If your customers have an awning it’s imperative that they take it down or wind it in as soon as they start to notice wind speeds picking up, as if it’s left too late at the very least this task will become extremely difficult to do and in the worst case scenario the awning could become damaged or damage the motorhome.
Naturally, there are ways that your customers can protect their motorhome or campervan against high winds, such as installing wind down stabilisers that will help minimise vehicle movement whilst parked up. Some motorhome owners also suggest parking with the motorhome facing the wind if possible, to reduce wind resistance and the possibility of damage to the sides of the vehicle.
If your customers are in a campsite and they are concerned about flooding, always check the Environment Agency’s website for information and talk to the site owners about any emergency procedures that your customers need to know about just in case. Motorhome owners are also advised to keep a “flood kit” in their vehicles at all times which includes items such as torches, first aid equipment and any medication required.
Thinking about worst case scenarios isn’t something most people like to do when it comes to planning their motorhome holidays, but with the weather still throwing curveballs, it’s important that motorhome owners remain vigilant. Remember, if your customer’s motorhome is damaged by wind or flooding, they need to contact their insurance provider straight away to discuss next steps and how to avoid any further damage.