By Margo Armstrong
At last, the perfect RV materializes. Now what? Just looking at it sends chills down your back. Sitting in the driver’s seat gives you goosebumps. Will you ever get up the nerve to turn on the key and hit the road?
This scenario is very common among new and not-so-new RV owners. If you are tired of white-knuckle driving or just want to get on with the RV lifestyle, find a driving school and graduate with new confidence.
Designed to make you more confident and safe on the road, their school’s priority is to “make sure you have the knowledge and training you need to arrive safely at your next destination.” Classes scheduled from coast to coast.
Lazydays has two locations, Tampa, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona. Both sales lots have a driver’s training class each week. Free if you buy your RV from them, otherwise a minimum charge.
Series of videos demonstrating Lazydays RV driving and safety class.
Based in Florida, this company is a new entry into the RV driving and education field. They are also currently providing classes at rallies around the country.
Superior Driving School, established in 1997, is currently a women-owned and operated corporation. Located in Toms River, New Jersey, the school’s goal is to increase traffic safety and driver awareness on New Jersey’s heavily traveled roads.
Rainbow’s End, Livingston, Texas. Price includes all training, handouts, RVer’s Ultimate Survival Guide (CD), breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning and dinner Saturday evening. There are campfire gatherings each night, weather permitting. Onsite RV parking available at additional cost.
Optional services, such as RV driver training, RV weighing by Escapees SmartWeigh, and fire/life safety products, are available at the event.
RVers Online University (RVOU) is Escapees RV Club’s answer to the demand for more RV education. With millions of RVs currently on the road, and more joining every day, it is important for RVers to understand the capabilities and limitations of their rigs.
RVOU brings Escapees acclaimed RVers’ Boot Camp online. RVOU offers lessons on topics ranging from driving safety to RV maintenance, with new lessons and topics added regularly.
FMCA, in partnership with the RV Driving School, developed a pair of programs for RVers wishing to become safer and more confident drivers. All training is done using your RV. Program 1: 2-day RV Driving Class. Classroom training on day 1, with behind-the-wheel training on day 2 ($425). Program 2: 1-day RV Backing Class. In the morning, a 2-hour class, with 3.5 hours of individual backing practice in the afternoon ($199). Limited number of seats available for each class. Your insurance provider may offer a policy discount after completing the course. Call 800-543-3622 to register for the RV driving class at any upcoming FMCA rally.
You receive one-on-one instruction in your RV, with a Professional Driver/Trainer. Your experience begins with classroom instruction and progresses to driving in the country, city and on the freeway. They show you the “tricks” professional drivers use to keep safe. A printed RV Basic Training Manual is available. Classes scheduled coast to coast.
Be happy, don’t worry! Make a nearby driving school the first RV trip destination and lose the anxiety. Life on the road is a joyful place.