Campervan Driving Advice: 7 Top Tips for Beginners
If it’s your first time hiring a campervan you may be a bit nervous about hitting the road. That’s perfectly understandable. Our Campervans are slightly larger than the average car (about the size of a big family car) and, for many people, getting behind the wheel of a campervan is their first time driving such a large vehicle. The good news is, campervan driving is easier than you think and, provided you remember a few key rules, you’ll find you’re at ease on the road in no time.
To help you on your first campervan holiday, we’ve compiled a few key bits of advice that will help you drive off in confidence when you pick up your vehicle. With these tips you’ll be a comfortable campervan driver before you know it…
1) Slow down
You have to remember that you have chosen to take a holiday to get away from the chaos of everyday life. Picking up the kids from school, running them around to sports clubs, getting to meetings on time, while also making time for your partner and friends. Hectic! Just take a breath and relax. You’re not racing around in a car anymore, instead your travelling by campervan, which should be a sheer joy. The fun here isn’t just in the camping but also in the journey, so take it easy and remember there’s no rush. A great aspect of campervan holidays, too, is that all the way through the journey you don’t have to get stressed about having to pitch a tent when you get to your destination. It’s all done for you, with no poles or pegs involved at all. This can give you extra time to enjoy the journey and the beautiful views as you drive.
2) Use your mirrors for the right reasons
Your mirrors may not be great for seeing the sights, but they are there for a reason. Our campervan doesn’t have a rear window so take care to ensure your wing mirrors are positioned correctly to give you a full field of view. You’re on holiday, so don’t get yourself into a stressful situation like cruising on the motorway and not being able to see if there is a car in the lane next to you. But even if you sort the mirrors out first, expect a larger blind spot and pay greater attention when checking your wing mirrors.
3) Know your size
The height of our campervan is on the visor. The campervan will probably be slightly longer than the car you’re used to, so for some corners or junctions take into account that you may have to swing out more. This is vital to know and it is always a good idea to take a note of these measurements. There should always be a warning sign before low hanging obstacles or a narrow section in the road coming up. Having your measurements handy means it is easy to cross check with the sign to ensure that it is safe to proceed. If it is not safe there is no need to panic, find another way around. Who knows, you could be around the corner from the best café in the whole county!
5) Know the speed limit
The last thing you want spoiling you holiday is a speeding ticket and, anyway, it’s never wise to drive a campervan over its recommended limit. Plus, see Tip #1. There’s no rushing here folks, you’re on holiday.
6) Tie it down
Wow. Look at all the room in the back of the van, there’s easily enough space to fit all your holiday goodies in! We know it can be overwhelming thinking of all the ‘necessities’ you want to put in there. But make sure you pack it well, try to fit things in to spaces that are snug to reduce their movement during the journey. And anything that doesn’t have a snug spot needs to be anchored down to stop it moving around. You don’t want your first roundabout to result in you having to repack the campervan and buy new crockery! Trust us, if you haven’t driven a campervan before, things will move around a lot more than you think. Take the time to secure everything and don’t just throw your belongings in the back. Even though you are excited to get going, this is a very important to do before you start the engine.
7) Don’t worry
As we’ve discussed, our campervans are the size of a large family car. But the basics are the same as a normal car. Therefore if you know how to drive a car, you’ll be able to drive a DinkyDub. It’s not as hard as you think. If you follow Tip #1 and just take it slow you will ease into the rhythm of it and be relaxing on your sunlounger in no time. All of these tips are to help make your journey as stress free as possible, but only once you’re in the campervan and its only when you get behind the wheel that you’ll gradually get used to it and learn that it’s easier than you might of thought.
The best thing, is that when you are hooked (which you will be!!), you could buy your own DinkyDub and when you are not using it, let us hire it out on your behalf. Check out our Earn & Explore Package.
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