Vehicle Clearances

How to anticipate the dangers of clearance hazards & 5 simple preventative measures:


RV driving can be challenging at the best of times, and just to make things a little more difficult you can be sure that you’ll encounter plenty of clearance hazards along the way. Clearance hazards are anything that your vehicle could make contact with as it passes due to its height, width, length, and how low it rides to the ground.

Unfortunately it’s not that uncommon for RVs to hit tree branches, low bridges, arched tunnel entrances, or to sideswipe parked vehicles, and even get stuck on railroad tracks.


The main reasons for these potentially
disastrous incidents include:

  • Being distracted whilst driving
  • Poor visibility due to bad weather conditions
  • Fatigue as a result of driving without taking breaks
  • Drowsiness because of illness or medication
  • Being unfamiliar with the vehicle or the route


Types of Clearance Hazard

Low Clearances

Coming across an unexpected low clearance can be a daunting prospect. How badly this affects your trip will depend on whether you: a) Can simply re-route at the last minute, b) Have the space to turn around, or c) Have to reverse all the way back to the turning (on a country road this could be miles). Chances are you’ll be obstructing other drivers and blocking traffic, potentially creating a dangerous situation? You can see how problematic it can be and this doesn’t even include a collision…

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