Caravan safety warning ahead of busy time on Queensland roads

Industry association releases timely update on playing it safe with a caravan in tow.

With borders reopening on Australia’s east coast just in time for Christmas and holidaymakers confined to domestic travel due to the coronavirus, the caravan industry is cautioning travellers to play it safe during what is expected to be a boom period for caravan and camping holidays.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s (CIAA) has launched its annual Caravan/RV Road Safety initiative, designed to educate travellers and raise awareness of the importance of preparing properly for travel during the holiday season. 

With more than 741,000 registered RVs in Australia, and the largest number of these based in Queensland, the coming months will see a mass migration across the state’s borders.

The CIAA is predicting Australians will spend the equivalent of 14 million nights in caravan and RV accommodation and take 3.3 million camping trips during the summer holiday period. 

With this in mind, the CIAA will provide daily road safety updates throughout November and December, focusing on topics like pre-planning your trip to manage fatigue, appropriate use of rest stops including truck rest areas, vehicle preparation, sharing the road with trucks, UHF communication and towing.

“Safety is always important, but with an expected surge in travel this summer and additional interest from first-timers due to COVID-19 preventing international holidays, now is a crucial time to put this messaging front of mind,” said the CIAA’s GM of Marketing and Communication Keelan Howard.

A statement from the CIAA said the organisation had partnered with other state caravan associations – including the Caravan Trade & Industries Association of Queensland, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Queensland Trucking Association – to access consumer digital and print educational assets.

The material will be presented in video and written form and be available on a range of platforms, including websites, social media and distributed via email databases.  

Tens of thousands of handbooks will also be distributed free of charge, the CIAA said.

The material will provide information on towing, vehicle preparation and RV weights, best-practice truck rest stop usage, how to better use UHF radios for road sharing as well as refreshing travellers about what different rest area signage means.

For more information and to read the latest updates check out the National Recreational Vehicle Towing Guide.