Vehicle safety is imperative when in the course of driving and should be taken seriously. It is synonymous with seatbelt regulations, pollution checks, and regular upkeep and maintenance.
An RV is a bit of a different issue, for it comes with the added area of also acting as a residence.
In this article, I discuss whether or not one should wear a seatbelt inside an RV, when they should wear it and what the specific regulations for seat belts inside RVs are in the USA.
Do you have to wear a seatbelt in an RV?
To put it briefly, yes, one is required to wear a seatbelt in an RV. The DMV’s Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook states that wearing a seatbelt is always recommended when the vehicle is on the go.
Although you are not required to wear seatbelts in certain areas, such as the dining space( not mandated by federal law), it is, generally speaking, always a good idea to ascertain one’s safety.
Additionally, walking around is illegal while the RV is in motion. One can sit in class A, B, or C motorhome while being on the go( preferably wearing a seatbelt).
RV Seatbelt Laws by State
The following paragraphs encapsulate a brief outline of RV seatbelt laws, listed out according to major states, and as a way of highlighting the difference in state laws, having a comprehensive guide while on the move can be a big help!
- Alabama: In Alabama, seatbelts are mandatory for only those in the front seat.
- Alaska: Everyone in the vehicle, while it is in a state of motion, must wear the seatbelt.
- Arizona: In Arizona, front-seat passengers always have to buckle up. Those in the back seat are exempt unless they happen to be under the age of fifteen. Anyone under the age of fifteen has to keep their seatbelt on at all times.
- Arkansas: People in the front seat need to wear seatbelts by law.
- California: Everyone in the vehicle has to wear a seatbelt. No exceptions apply.
- Colorado: Front seat passengers have to keep their seatbelts on when the vehicle is in motion.
- Connecticut: Front seat passengers have to wear their seatbelts, as do passengers in the back seat under sixteen.
- Delaware: Delaware has possibly the highest seatbelt usage rate in the country, with all passengers mandated to wear a seatbelt all the time.
- Florida: Front seat passengers are required to wear belts, and so are backseat passengers under the age of eighteen.
- Georgia: In Georgia, all passengers in the front seat and those in the back under the age of eighteen have to wear a seatbelt. Vehicles with over ten people are exempt from the backseat rule.
- Hawaii: All passengers are required to wear a seatbelt. Rule-breaking can lead to heavy fines.
- Idaho: All passengers need to be wearing seatbelts, same as in Hawaii. Vehicles over 8,000 lbs are exempt from this rule.
- Illinois: Front seat passengers and back seat passengers under the age of fifteen have to wear seatbelts.
- Indiana: Only front seat riders have to keep their seatbelts on while the vehicle is in motion.
- Iowa: All the passengers need to wear buckles.
- Kansas: Front seat passengers and those in the backseat under the age of 14 need to wear buckles.
- Kentucky: Same rules as for Iowa.
- Louisiana: Front seat passengers and those in the backseat under the age of twelve need to have their seatbelts fastened when the vehicle is in motion.
- Maine: All passengers need to wear their seatbelts at all times.
- Maryland: Only front seat passengers require seatbelts. Adults at the back can go without the seatbelt.
- Massachusetts: Strict seatbelt regulations and heavy fines levied for rule-breaking.
- Michigan: It has moderately stringent rules, with seat belts for front-seat passengers compulsory when the vehicle is in motion.
- Minnesota: While front-seat riders need to wear seatbelts, anyone over the age of 10 in the back seat is exempt.
- Mississippi: Same rules as for Minnesota.
- Missouri: Front seat riders and those in the backseat under the age of 15 need to buckle up.
- Montana: Everyone needs to have their seatbelts on.
- Nebraska: Front seat riders need to have their seatbelts on, as do those under eighteen in the backseat.
- Nevada: Everyone needs to have their seatbelts on unless the car is moving at speed lower than 15 miles/hour.
- New Hampshire: Everyone needs to wear their seatbelts, except if the RV happens to be a model older than 1968.
- New Jersey: Seatbelts compulsory for front-seat riders and under-seventeens in the back seat.
- New Mexico: All passengers require seat belts.
- New York: Front-seat occupants and those under fifteen need seatbelts.
- North Carolina: Same as New York, except the backseat rule extends to those until sixteen.
- North Dakota: Front seat occupants need their seatbelts, as do back seat occupants under seventeen.
- Ohio: Only front seat riders need seatbelts.
- Oklahoma: Front-seat occupants plus backseat riders under the age of twelve.
- Pennsylvania: People under the age of eighteen are mandated to wear seat belts in front and back seats.
- Rhode Island: All passengers need seat belts- whether in the front or the middle of the back.
- South Carolina: Same rules as in Rhode Island.
- South Dakota: Adults in the back seat do not have to wear seatbelts. Others do.
- Tennessee: The driver and front-seat passenger require seatbelts. So do backseat occupants under the age of 16.
- Texas: Same laws as for Tennessee, except backseat rules, extend until the age of seventeen.
- Utah: Utah laws are quite strict, and fines are heavy.
- Vermont: Seatbelt regulations apply for all occupants of the motorhome.
- Virginia: Front seat occupants need seatbelts, as do those in the back under the age of sixteen.
- Washington: Everyone in the vehicle needs a seatbelt at all times.
- Wisconsin: Front seat occupants require seatbelts, and so do people in the back if under fifteen.
- Wyoming: All riders need to wear their seat belts.
Do minors require RV seatbelts as well?
The law for minors requiring seatbelts varies for every different state in the country.
As highlighted in the list above, laws are pretty much universally applicable for those under the age of fifteen. Whether in the back of the vehicle or the front, this age group needs to wear seatbelts.
Although not mandated by federal law in quite a few states, minors should pay special notice to keep their seatbelts on. It helps promote a discipline of safety and caution and also prevents unforeseen accidents.
Does everyone need a seatbelt in the RV?
Whether or not everyone needs a seatbelt in the RV has been mostly covered in the seatbelt regulations.
Briefly speaking, not everyone needs to have their seatbelt on when the RV is in motion.
Of course, the driver and his co-occupant in the front seat need to wear the seat belt.
But adults in the back seat do not always require their seat belt( by law). There are also certain vehicles where belts are not necessary- such as the dining area.
It is prudent to exercise caution, however. Wear a seatbelt during long stretches of a bumpy road. Play the situation by ear and decide on an action that suits the scenario best.
Traveling in an RV is a lot of fun, but only when conducted safely.
It acts as a vessel for both transport and sanctuary and calls for more precaution than an ordinary vehicle.
Seatbelt regulations constitute an important part of guaranteeing safety while on the road, and this article deals with the same.
Remember to follow the rules, always.