'Careful planning and preparation
concerns as more
caravanning families hit the road
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caravan is far more complex than simply hitching one to your vehicle, says
a NSW politician.
The warning comes from Transport Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment
and Regulation Tara McCarthy as the onset of school holidays sees an
dramatic increase in families hitting the road with an RV.
Ms McCarthy said
this has raised more safety concerns too.
"Between 2014 and 2018, there were 239 crashes involving a vehicle towing
a caravan on NSW roads and sadly they resulted in 12 fatalities and 120
serious injuries," she said.
"Towing a caravan adds significant weight to your vehicle. It requires
careful planning and loading and puts additional responsibilities on a
driver to manage safety.
"It is crucial drivers understand how to safely load and weigh their
caravans and how to drive safely while towing before they set out on the
"This knowledge will not only protect you and your passengers, but
complying with safe loading laws means you won't run the risk of fines
from police enforced Roadside Caravan Safety Inspections."
Ms McCarthy said driving an RV or towing a caravan could be stressful and
careful planning and preparation, as well as breaking up the journey,
could help make the trip more enjoyable.
"After several weeks of lockdown many of us are eager to get outside and
see other parts of the state.
"To make this holiday as pleasant as possible be sure to follow these
simple tips and ensure you are complying with the essential safety
"If you understand how towing a caravan can affect your driving, your
safety and the safety of others on the road, you will find it much less
"Remember to weigh your vehicle and your caravan at a weigh station,
correctly load your caravan to meet safety ratings and requirements and do
any necessary safety checks before and during your trip."
For more information on how to safely tow a caravan please visit the
Centre for Road Safety website
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