The RV community is usually a close-knit group that is friendly and helpful to each other.
They come to help, share tips and tricks, and selflessly offer their knowledge, experience, and resources. It is not uncommon for them to help another camper if they are having difficulty getting into a campsite or maneuvering their vehicle through a campsite.
Unfortunately, that was not the case with one traveler recently. On the contrary, they had just the opposite experience. They saw motorhome after motorhome ignoring a very important law that was enacted to protect all road users.
What law did they violate, and how can you avoid doing the same? Let’s find out!
Travelers report stressful and dangerous roadside experiences
Some travel days don’t go quite as planned. Believe us, we’re just like everyone else and have experienced traffic jams, mechanical breakdowns and other problems.
However, Terry Wilgus has reported on her and her husband’s stressful travel day that would have caused many RVers to throw in the towel.
The couple had two tires blow out on their fifth RV. This left them stranded on Interstate-65 south of Birmingham, Alabama.
As if two blown tires weren’t enough, they were also run over by other motorists because they didn’t slow down or swerve to keep a safe distance.
Terry said many RVs “didn’t pull over for us, even if they had permission to do so safely.” She said she knew someone from above was watching out for her and her husband in this stressful and dangerous situation.
“A little human kindness can go a long way,” Terry said. You never know when you might need that extra space even on the road.
What is the “Move Over Law?”
The “Move Over” law is a traffic safety law that requires motorists to change lanes when approaching an emergency or police vehicle on the side of the road. AAA estimates that 71% of Americans are unaware of Move Over laws.
All 50 states have laws requiring vehicles to change lanes when approaching an emergency or law enforcement vehicle. This has been the case since Hawaii became the 50th state to enact a “Move Over” law in 2012.
However, as we will show you later, these laws vary from state to state regarding disabled, utility, and sanitation vehicles.
We’ll go into more detail about the potential penalties for violating these laws later. But spoiler alert: In some states, you could face hefty fines and possible jail time. So you should definitely familiarize yourself with these laws.