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Essential Advice for Novice Campervan Drivers

If you’re experiencing anxiety about driving a larger vehicle, such as a motorhome or campervan, it’s completely normal to feel outside of your comfort zone. However, as the saying goes…

Embrace the Unknown: Where Life Truly Begins

Be sure to check that you have a suitable driving licence to driver a campervan. You may need to get motorhome driving lessons if your current driving licence does not allow you to drive vehicles over 3,500kg. Rest assured and relax, for we have compiled five valuable suggestions to ensure your initial experiences with campervan driving are as pleasant as can be.

Embrace the Moment: Unwind, Take it Easy, and Delight in the Expedition

Leaving ample time to reach your destination allows you to approach any obstacles with a relaxed and unhurried mindset. This, in turn, allows you to appreciate the journey and treat yourself to moments of relaxation or enjoyment along the way. If other drivers are not patient with your leisurely pace, you have the option to pull over and let them pass, but it’s important to remember that their impatience is not your responsibility.

Understanding the Importance of Knowing Your Dimensions

When purchasing or renting a campervan, it is crucial to refer to the height and length specifications provided in the vehicle information pack. This information is essential in determining whether it is safe to navigate under low bridges. Additionally, it is important to be aware that the dimensions of the campervan may be larger than what you are accustomed to, necessitating a more cautious approach when turning corners. Keep in mind that certain campsites may impose additional charges for accommodating longer vehicles. Being well-informed is advantageous in this regard.

Maximize Your Mirrors for Optimal Safety

When you’re not used to seeing less through the rear windows, it can feel odd. Before starting your journey, take a moment to adjust the angle of your wing mirrors to ensure you have a clear view of the road behind you.

Understanding Speed Boundaries: Unveiling the Limitations

The speed limits differ based on the weight of your vehicle. If your vehicle has an unladen weight below 3.05 tones, then the speed limits are the same as those for cars. However, if the weight exceeds 3.05 tons, there are some slight variations. 

Many campervans have an empty weight that is below 3.05 tones, although it is important to verify the weight of the specific vehicle you intend to rent. This information can usually be found in your vehicle’s information pack.

Irrespective of the designated speed limits, it is crucial to bear in mind that a van requires a longer distance to come to a halt compared to a car. Therefore, it is advised to drive at a slower speed and maintain a sufficient gap between your van and the vehicle ahead.

Simplify Your Life with These Easy Tips

  • When parking your vehicle, it is advisable to position it in such a way that it faces outward, as this facilitates a smoother departure when you are ready to continue your journey.
  • Feel free to seek assistance from a fellow traveler or someone passing by to guide you into a parking spot without hesitation.
  • When you approach junctions, it is important to position yourself in a way that allows you to have a clear view in both directions. When making a turn, you may find it necessary to enter the junction further than you initially anticipated.

So, how difficult is it to drive a motorhome or campervan?

While it may require some time to adapt, the majority of our clientele and customers have expressed that despite initial apprehension, the actual experience is highly pleasurable. Here are some important pointers to keep in mind:

  1. Ensure a deliberate pace and allow ample time for reaching your intended location.
  2. Ensure you have precise knowledge about the dimensions of your vehicle and carefully assess any size limitations imposed by bridges, campsites, and other relevant locations.
  3. Use your mirrors consistently.
  4. Gain knowledge about the specific speed limits that are applicable to your situation.
  5. When making a turn, it is advisable to pull into the junction beyond your expected point.
  6. Many individuals fail to recognize that when parking in car parks, other vehicles can become invisible behind them.