Spotting wildlife or interesting livestock can really add to the desire to explore. This can open you up to a hazard much more dangerous than a grumpy property owner…An intrepid photographer may hop a fence to get a better shot and suddenly get run up on by a guardian dog. You can find yourself in a tricky situation very quickly. Unfortunately these situations do end up with injuries or worse sometimes.

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Hazards to Avoid on Your Next Road Trip

So you’ve rented your RV from the crack team at B&B RV and are heading west to enjoy a road trip. That’s great! We hope you and your family have the adventure of a lifetime. That being said, there are plenty of hazards that can put a real damper on your experience. Let’s take a look at some of the problem you may face and how to avoid them.

Respect Local Residents and Their Property

When you’re in a new environment, especially in our beautiful countryside, everything looks interesting. The desire to stop, take pictures, and explore is impossible to resist. However, it is easy to lose track of private property boundaries. For example, it’s easy to climb up on a fence to snap a picture and inadvertently cause damage. This can lead to property owners losing livestock, making for a less welcoming environment for future travelers. Not to mention, it’s trespassing.

Avoid Animals Even if They Look Safe to Approach

Spotting wildlife or interesting livestock can really add to the desire to explore. This can open you up to a hazard much more dangerous than a grumpy property owner. For example, it’s common to spot some horses and stop to snap a photo of these beautiful animals. An intrepid photographer may hop a fence to get a better shot and suddenly get run up on by a guardian dog. You can find yourself in a tricky situation very quickly. Unfortunately these situations do end up with injuries or worse sometimes.

Never Approach Wildlife

Some of the best adventures can be had on a hiking trail. This area is full of amazing trailheads that are well worth checking out. It’s not uncommon to come across wildlife on these trails. If you do, give the animal plenty of room, do not approach it.

Protect Yourself From Attack

It’s a good idea to carry bear spray or at least walking sticks with you on a hike. These can prove to be powerful deterrents in the event of an attack. If you ever find yourself being attacked it’s is usually best to fight back. The one exception to this is if you run across a grizzly/brown bear protecting cubs. In this case, it’s best to lay down on your stomach and protect your neck. This is because the bear is not looking for a meal, but rather eliminating a threat. If the animal is simply behaving aggressively, make noise, make yourself look big, and try to create distance between you and the animal. Do not simply turn and run.

Prepare for Road Problems

You may consider subscribing to a roadside assistance service for your trip. At the very least, grab a roadside emergency kit. These often come with flares, tire irons, flat tire kits, etc. If you come across a wreck in dense fog, a couple of flares can save lives. But for the most part, having solutions to problems on hand will keep you from wasting valuable vacation time should you run into problems.

We hope you and your family can have a great adventure. By keeping potential hazards in mind, you can avoid an array of headaches while traveling. By being prepared, you may even avoid something tragic. So be sure to do plenty of homework and always think ahead.

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