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June 2019
     

 


Check before  you tow

Check before  you tow

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Check before you tow, advises Minister

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QUEENSLAND caravanners have been urged to carry out safety checks before hitching up and hitting the road for the upcoming school holidays.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said they should check the safety and condition of equipment they plan to tow, including caravans.

"Ensure itís in a roadworthy condition and your vehicle is suitable for towing and properly equipped," he advised.

Mr Bailey urged mums, dads and guardians to make sure their vehicle was in "tip-top shape".

He said transport staff last week rolled out across Queensland to conduct roadside safety checks.

More than 1265 light vehicles were intercepted over a seven-day period, providing an invaluable opportunity for our Queensland drivers to learn about vehicle safety.

A total of 192 defect notices were issued, mainly for minor or self-clearing defects.

About 75 percent of vehicles had issues with lights and electrical components and/or wheels and tyres.

"In addition to keeping the fatal five front of mind, we want Queenslanders to regularly check their vehicle for any potential issues and reduce the risk of any mechanical-related crashes," Mr Bailey said.

And he added: "Anyone travelling on a long trip should also schedule rest stops every two hours to avoid fatigue and help arrive safely at their destination."

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