We just started traveling in a Class A motorhome. I am so glad my husband talked me into bumping up from our Class C. I have this gigantic windshield of the world in front of me, as America unfolds before my eyes. We sit up so much higher and with the large side windows it almost seems we are in a fishbowl looking out.
My only complaint is I have to always nag my husband to wear his seatbelt. I am constantly telling him, “Click It, or Ticket.” He thinks he is at home in his La-Z-Boy. How can I impress on him that wearing his belt is not only a good idea, but a safety measure that everyone should follow?
--Tightening my belt in Anza-Borrego
It’s simple. Refuse to ride with him. He is not only endangering himself, but you and every other motorist you come across.
Just because you are one of the bigger vehicles on the road does not make you immune to catastrophe. Have him Google Images “motorhome accidents.” Maybe the shock value will help convince him. If things go “south” one day, it will happen in a flash. He especially should be belted in because he is manning the helm.
He will be in a much better position to control the motorhome if he is still in his seat, not up on the dash with his face pushed up against the windshield. Even without another vehicle involved, simply going off the shoulder can be a disaster if you are not belted in and do not study your driving options ahead of time.
Know what to do, and not to do, when you drop off the shoulder, blow a tire, or encounter a moose. The first and most important advantage in all these scenarios is having your seat belt on.
You could give him some old commercial advice. "It's not only a good idea, it's the LAW!"
You could also drive him nuts singing the old seat belt jingle over and over. Here are the words if you have forgotten.
Buckle up for safety, buckle up.
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up.
Show the world you care,
use it everywhere.
Buckle up for safety.
When you're driving
--Keep Smilin’, Dr. R.V. Shrink