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DECEMBER 2019
     

 


Resources and programs help keep RVers safe

Road safety initiatives ahead of holiday seasons

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Stuart LamontAUSTRALIA'S 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 safety.

"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 truck parking."

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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