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July 2018


Trucks and caravans targeted in new friendly driver education programme

Trucks and caravans targeted in new friendly driver education programme

Sharing the highways amically

Education project aims to improve relations between truckers and caravanners

By Dennis Amor
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A QUEENSLAND caravanner is working on a programme to help create a better understanding between recreational vehicle owners and truck drivers.

Ken Wilson believes his Truck Friendly driver education project will help them improve their relationships when it comes to sharing the highways, rest areas and other places where the two groups come into contact.

"We are now well into the annual grey nomad season here in Queensland and there are thousands of caravanners and RVs on our roads as they migrate from the colder southern states into sunny Queensland and beyond for a warmer winter," he explained to Caravanning News.

"As a caravan user myself, I have seen both sides of the argument between who is right and who is wrong in the truck verses caravan debate on our roads."

Mr Wilson has been developing his programme for about two years and although it was originally devised for the Sunshine State he said it could easily be expanded for Australian-wide distribution.

Work has included drafting a 30-page educational booklet which deals with overtaking, using truck stops, parking and other issues where trucks, RVs and caravans coexist.

A special sticker designed for caravanners to show  are 'truck trained'

A special sticker is also being designed with the idea that caravanners take the Truck Friendly course and then position it on the back of their caravan to let truckies know they are 'truck trained'.

"Countless hours are wasted by truck drivers who are slowed to arrive at their destination on time or pushed out of truck stops due to caravanners not knowing how to, or not wanting to, help trucks on the roads," Mr Wilson said.

"Currently, people can buy a caravan, hook it up behind their car or 4x4 and tow it around Australia without any formal training of any sort. Many have not towed anything bigger than a box trailer.

"The result is a severe lack of knowledge on how their 13-plus metre rig can affect other road users, including the lifeblood of our country ... the trucking industry.

"It should also be remembered that many caravan and RV owners are ageing retirees in holiday mode, with slowing reflexes and other medical concerns."

He thought a small amount of education on "what to do and what not to do" would go a long way to making roads safer and less stressful for all users.

Mr Wilson is looking for sponsors to help promote and run the programme and print his booklet and stickers,

"CIL Caravan and RV Insurance have already supported this program to help get it to this stage," he said.

"Caravanning Queensland supports the project and has also offered assistance with distribution through their network of member caravan parks, dealers and other industry professionals.

"I am sure there are many truck drivers and companies who will throw a box or two of booklets on the back of their truck to help distribute them.

"I am currently doing this as a private citizen with my own funds and time and cannot access the many government funding grants available for projects such as this."


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