Driving an RV in Scotland
by Scottish Tourer
November 22, 2021
Driving an RV in Scotland
An RV in Scotland is slightly different to drive compared to other countries. Scotland’s roads will provide you with some unique and breath-taking scenery however our roads do not always provide ideal driving conditions. Unlike the bigger roads of the USA and on the continent, Scotland can present challenges to the RV driver with its smaller country roads, lanes and bridges. We do give all our customers a full handover including what routes to avoid when you are out in your RV. Along with the information on the height, width, and weight of the RV. Should you be in any doubt at any time stop the RV and double check or even pick the phone up to save damage to any structure or the RV itself. Most of all keeping you and you party safe is a priority of Scottish Tourers.
What challenges will an RV face in Scotland?
This list could be endless; however, we have compiled a short list of the main ones that we come across regularly with our customers whilst out in our RV’s.
- Scotland is full of trees, quite literally you will rarely go down a road where you cannot see a tree of some description. These trees are beautiful and a huge part of our heritage, however they also cause a lot of damage at times. Any drivers should be aware of the low hanging branches due to the height of the RV, these can cause a lot of damage aswell as risking the windscreen and your own safety. The branches of many trees also stick out onto many roads, being aware of these especially when cars are approaching, our top tip is never to rush, you are better to take those extra few minutes to negotiate safely than damage the RV and spoil your holiday. One of our main damages to our RV’s are wing mirrors being cracked, broken or completely removed. This is more often than not due to trees or objects sticking onto the road and customers trying to get passed other road users safely. Another top tip from Scottish Tourer is if in doubt get a passenger to pop out and check if there enough clearance to continue on your way.
- Scotland has many narrow roads, although we do try and give guidance on the best routes to take to enjoy Scotland we cannot name every road that an RV is not suitable to go down. Please ensure you read all warning road signs and if in doubt please do not proceed. This put you, other road users and the RV at risk. We are always happy to clarify the size of the vehicle if you are unsure.
- Animals are a natural hazard, depending when you visit Scotland deer can be a huge surprise when they jump out in front of your RV. Deer are not often alone so if there is one there is usually another or a few close behind. Being aware for the risk of animals on the roads makes you better equipped should the situation arise. Other free-range animals you will find in Scotland include sheep, hares, cows and horses. This depends where you are choosing to travel on your holiday with us. These animals can add a lovely element of nature to your holiday so be sure to stop and snap a photo if you can.
- Other road users can create an added stress to many RV drivers. Often you are trying to be cautious and others can often become frustrated. Let those who wish to travel faster than yourselves pass where possible. There are often marked passing spaces on the narrower roads. This can ease up frustration and pressure for you to enjoy your travels. The same goes when you are reversing your RV, take as much time as you need and utilise any passenger you have to double check that there is enough space to make the manoeuvre.
Scotland in an RV is a unique experience that really isn’t to be missed. So hop onto our website take a browse and email or phone with any further enquiries. You are guaranteed to receive a personal, professional and caring service throughout booking, arriving and departure.
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