programs help keep RVers safe
safety initiatives ahead of holiday seasons
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peak national body for the caravanning and camping industry is urging
caravanners and other RVers to brush up on their
road safety knowledge for the festive and summer seasons.
It says road safety is everybody's responsibility and with this in mind is
working to keep all drivers educated through a variety of
resources and programs.
In September, the association came together with the National Heavy
Vehicle Regulator to launch the Co-Exist awareness campaign, which is
designed to inform and encourage drivers about the importance of driving
safely, sharing the roads and planning out trips and rest stops.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont
(pictured) said all road users had equal responsibility for road
"Caravan and RV users value safety so this information will help them to
understand how to share the road with heavy vehicles, particularly in
understanding how such a large vehicle behaves," he said.
"Our campaign promotes simple information that can reduce frustration,
such as the use of UHFs for improved communication between drivers,
maintaining speed and road position when being overtaken.
"When stopping for the night make sure you're aware that truck drivers may
need to use the dedicated stops to manage their fatigue hours, so plan
your stops and use the appropriate areas to park and not use designated
For those planning on hitching up the trailer and doing some towing, there
is also plenty of important information available to help ensure the
safety of all road users.
It might look simple at first glance, but there's a lot more to towing
than what meets the eye.
The National Towing Guide Website can help with educational videos and
articles on how weight impacts a vehicle, making safety checks, increasing
stability, and much more.
Visitors to the website can even access innovative features such as the
Pedders Weight Matrix; world-first software designed to assist in
understanding your vehicle weight, each of your tow and load "scenarios"
and most importantly the critical impacts of weight.
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