Have you ever considered campervan hire in Stirling as a possible holiday option? With rolling green hills, tall mountain ranges, cobblestone streets and an incredible castle, Stirling is a beautiful place to visit.
Located in central Scotland, the city is designed around a medieval village and large fortress. Historically it’s been called the “Gateway to the Highlands” due to the fact that it lies directly between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.
Famous residents of Stirling include King James VI of Scotland; Mary, Queen of Scots; famous footballers Frank Beattie and Billy Bremner; and composer Muir Mathieson. Stirling is filled with unbelievable history, architecture and natural beauty.
The best way to visit a city like this is to hire a campervan or motorhome. Motorhome hire is proving to be an economical and comfortable option for those on holiday. But, for some, there are concerns about the safety of motorhomes or campervans for hire. What are these concerns?
There are three common concerns people have when considering campervan hire in Stirling.
1. Safe driving. Whether you’re considering a campervan hire in Stirling or a motorhome for hire, driving either of these vehicles can feel somewhat intimidating. They’re bulky and take up much of the road. That is enough to make anyone feel nervous.
Another concern around the safety of driving campervans for hire is that of control. At times, it can feel like the driver—especially a newer driver—doesn’t have a lot of control over the vehicle. Just how much control can a driver have over something so big and heavy?
Still another concern is the top heaviness of motorhomes and campervans. When going around corners, especially at higher speeds, many drivers have the feeling that they’re going to tip over.
2. The risk of theft. It is one thing to leave your belongings hidden in a hotel room, but to have them with you wherever you go can seem disheartening. Some people who are contemplating campervan hire in Stirling may wonder if driving such a vehicle will make it too obvious that they are on holiday, making them prime targets for theft.
3. Are campervans for hire safe to sleep in? There are two causes for concern with this question. The first is whether allowing passengers to sleep in bunk beds while the camper or motorhome is being driven is really safe. The second is whether any of the fumes or vapours from the engine can seep into the living quarters.
Campervan hire in Stirling is a safe transportation alternative when going on holiday. We will now respond to each of the above concerns.
1. Safe driving. For the most part, campervans and motorhomes are safe to drive – as long as the driver knows what they’re doing. The best way to become an experienced driver is to practice. Drive around an empty parking lot and then move on to driving in town. Once you get the feel for the vehicle it will make the driving experience feel much safer.
2. The risk of theft. Theft is a concern for every traveller. There are plenty of precautions you can take, especially locking the doors and windows, and parking in well-lit and/or safe parts of town. Take the same precautions you would take if you were staying in a hotel. Hide extra money and credit cards, and don’t leave purses, wallets or valuables like smartphones and tablets in an area visible from the windows.
3. Are campervans for hire safe to sleep in? Some people have said that allowing passengers to travel in a campervan or motorhome without being strapped in with a safety belt the entire time is just asking for trouble. Doing so can contribute to more injuries if the vehicle suddenly stops or there is an accident. If you think about it, though, there are plenty of transportation vehicles that allow passengers to sit, sleep or walk around without a safety belt. School buses, large destination buses, even airplanes have rules about when a passenger has to have a seat belt on and when they can remove it.
The trick is to be cautious and aware. If you’re coming upon a particularly dangerous looking patch of road—whether it be curvy, steep or the speed limit is rather high—it would be best if passengers were safely buckled in. At other times, though, it is safe for passengers to enjoy their journey in the living area or on their bed.
As far as the concern about breathing vapours, particularly carbon monoxide, it is a possibility if you’re not careful. When considering which campervan to hire in Stirling, make sure to choose one with a carbon monoxide detectors. Before going on your trip, make sure to test the detector to make sure it’s in good working order. It is also a good idea to change the batteries at least annually; twice per year if the motor home or campervan has been in extremely cold climates.
It is also a good idea to inspect the vehicle’s chassis and generator exhaust system. This would be a great question to ask the owner of the motorhome before deciding to rent from them.
Campanda—Our #1 Concern Is Your Safety
While you want to find the best deal possible when looking to campervan hire in Stirling, you don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the vehicle for a good price. At Campanda, we make sure that the vehicles that are rented through us are of the highest quality and are well cared for. It is also important to us that all vehicles are properly insured—for your safety and that of others on the road.
We definitely want to save you money, but the safety of our renters is our #1 concern. Contact us for more information on our rental process. We will be happy to answer all of your questions, including those about common safety concerns of motorhomes and campervans.