“I Call Shotgun!!!” is often associated with road trips. When an RV is involved there are a few things you need to know before you eagerly jump into the co-captain’s seat. It might have the best view but it comes with a responsibility to the driver.
Making sure the GPS or Google Maps on the phone is on and accurate with the location is critical. If something happens, it’s your role to get it back on right away. You can expect at some point the driver WILL miss the turn or hesitate due to wondering if the turn is do-able, so when that happens it’s critical that you’re not critical. Don’t make comments that will set off the pride of the driver because they need to be focusing on the road. Which leads us to the next point.
Every time the driver is distracted everyone’s lives are at risk. One important job of the co-captain is to keep the driver calm, even if you’re not. Windy mountain roads put everyone on edge, you will need to talk in a calm soothing voice and make sure the kids aren’t screaming or asking “are we there yet”. It takes one distraction to cause a crash.
Be the DJ
This in an area that many people set compromising rules on. Often couples don’t agree with their preference of music selection so setting times such as having an hour each of the music or audio they enjoy. Radio stations come in and out so we highly recommend using a phone app such as pandora with either blue tooth or an adapter that plugs into your console so you can bump out of your speakers.
Find the Best Place to Stop
Fuel, food and bathroom stops land on the co-captain’s responsibilities. Rather than scrambling at the last second wondering if this is the best exit to take there are three apps we recommend to help you Navigate:
- Truck Stop is an app that shows you the truck stops on your route. This is critical because gas stations aren’t always going to fit large RVs. Truck stops have easy pull through spots for the larger RVs.
- Rest Stops is the perfect freeway app to find places to stop for the bathroom without having to get way off the road at a gas station.
Sometimes you will need to call and confirm reservations either for activities or for campgrounds. The driver has a lot going on and shouldn’t be making phone calls.
Be Quick to Adapt
Certain situations require quick reactions. If the driver asks you to run back and check something on the unit when they stop be in a position to quickly act on the request. Directions and other questions related to driving should be responded quickly as well. Keep in mind your job is a stress reducer for the driver so a quick response will put them at ease.
Having a great co-captain helps everyone enjoy the adventure a lot more. The piece of mind the driver will have to be able to focus on the road will help ensure the safety of your family.