Pressing need for
lyrical advice on safety
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THERE is a pressing need for caravanners to
be educated on their vehicles' ratings and masses, according to the
Caravan Council of Australia.
General manager and founder Colin Young has even composed catchy lyrics
emphasising the necessity of staying safe.
"It is quite obvious that the misunderstanding ‒
and the ignoring ‒ of caravan ratings and masses
are a prime contributing factor in the number of serious problems on the
road," he said.
"Another prime contributing factor is the poor maintenance and preparation
of many caravans ‒ and sometimes their
tow-vehicles ‒ before commencing a trip."
Mr Young said news reports of caravans being involved in accidents and
various "to-be-applauded" caravan road safety and driver awareness
projects showed the pressing need for educating caravanners on the two
The CCA was frequently asked by caravanners to
provide clarification of the different caravan and tow-vehicle ratings and
masses ... usually because they had been stopped to have their vehicles
weighed or because they had experienced serious swaying or jackknifing.
The CCA has a range of
diagrams on its website explaining the various
terms ... and has now provided
lyrics that cover the critical aspects of
preparing and towing a caravan in a safe and legal manner.
Mr Young hoped the younger "back-seat caravanners" would create a catchy
tune so they could entertain and educate the "older front-seat caravanners"
about the necessity of staying safe.
Towing caravans for Rec-reation ... Not
It's a good life for the 'vanners who live out on the road,
Seeing our great country, without a fixed abode.
But there's danger ever lurking on our highways when you drive,
So be careful when you travel, so you get back home alive.
Towing sure can be a problem, if something isn't right,
It may be out of mind, but it's never out of sight.
So check that all's OK, both the tow-rig and the 'van,
And enjoy the pleasures of your trips, as safely as you can.
Is the 'van in sound condition, are mechanicals still good,
Are you never overloaded, does it tow the way it should.
Is the ball-load as it should be, not too high and not too low,
To give the safest handling, on whatever roads you go?
Are the tyres still roadworthy, and still have lots of grip.
Have you had the brakes adjusted, so they'll never lock or slip,
Are the pressures set correctly, as the makers recommend,
To give the needed traction, on a hill or on a bend?
Are all the lights still shining, and the coupling's done up tight,
Are the safety-chains and shackles still connected safe and right.
Are your heavy goods stored safely, in the middle of the 'van,
Are the wheels and bearings still turning well, as smoothly as they can?
Do you understand the meaning of each rating and each force,
Of the tow-rig and the caravan, and their legalise of course?
There's the ATM and ball-load, the tare and GTM,
There's the GCM and tow-bar specs, you need to know 'bout them.
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