The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data suggest that fatal rollover crashes are speed-related more often than fatal non-rollover crashes. Some 40% of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of fatal rollovers took place where the posted speed limit was 55 miles per hour or higher. NHTSA data also suggest that over 90 percent of the vehicles in fatal, single-vehicle rollover crashes were involved in routine driving maneuvers (going straight or negotiating a curve) at the time of the crash. This further suggests that driver behavior (distraction, inattentiveness, speeding and impaired driving) plays a significant role in rollover crashes.
As I browsed through some comments written on RV related forums, just about 99% claimed to drive no more than 65 MPH. I found only one that admitted to towing their 5th wheel up to 75 MPH. More recently, I found additional RVers on some RV Facebook groups admitting to driving faster than 65 MPH.
As for me, I typically tow my 5th wheel at 58 MPH, which I found to be the sweet spot for my rig. From what I’ve read, we all have sweet a spot driving speed that is most economical for our tow vehicle. For some, when the speed limit was a low 55 MPH on the highway, the fuel consumption actually shot up. If you’ve driven enough miles on the road, you know, as well as I, that there are RVers driving more than 65 MPH. Many will tow their trailer the maximum posted speed limit (70-75 MPH) and some even more. Their fast driving is easily recognized because they pass some of us RVers like we’re standing still.
Is driving trailers more than 65 MPH a potential driving hazard?
Let’s look at some more facts.
Here are some other points to consider when driving faster than 65 MPH.
Here are some tips for your trips.
In the first video, it was clear the dirver was towing high speed.
In the second video, the driver appeared to be driving at a slow speed during the windy conditions. Nevertheless, he may have been driving too fast for the road conditions. Perhaps he really shouldn’t have been on the road at all during the windy conditions. After seeing that video, I certainly will never drive again in high winds as I so stupidly did across I-80 in Wyoming during 50+ MPH wind gusts. I encourage you, if you have a tendency to drive faster than 65 MPH on the highways, make a promise to slow down.
Always make safety your chief priority on the road.
Learn more important information about vehicle cold air tire inflation pressure at Step 5.