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Are You At Risk When Towing a Caravan?

Posted by Bob Newman on Jun 12, 2014 - 0 Comments

Caravan Towing Safety

Grey nomads need to be sure they’re prepared for long bouts on the open road.

 

Towing a Caravan Safely

Just how safe are Sydney’s towers?

This post isn’t about towing an overweight or unbalanced caravan or trailer, it’s more about how safe you are when you tow out in the bush or on an open highway – these are the times when you are the most vulnerable if an accident occurs.

Before you head out on a long road trip, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you or your driving partner had a full medical check-up in the past month?
  • Do you or your driving partner have a current first aid certificate?
  • Do you or your driving partner know how to start CPR (resuscitation) and/or how to put someone in the recovery position?
  • Do you have a fully stocked first aid kit in both the car and the caravan?
  • Do you have an adequate communications system (such as a satellite phone) for when you are out of regular mobile range?
  • Can you manage the mechanical basics in the case of a minor break down? Can you change a tyre or a blocked fuel filter, replace a fan belt or coolant hose, bleed a diesel fuel system?
  • Are you equipped with adequate basic spares, extra fuel, water and tools?

If you’ve answered “no” to any of the above questions, then you (or your partner) may be at risk when you’re on the open road. It may seem like a lot to cover in terms of training and equipment but when you’re alone in the bush, you need to be as prepared as possible in case of emergency, because they can strike at any time.

Be wary that towing a caravan or trailer requires a different set of skills than driving a car – and if you only drive very infrequently, you need to be even more aware of how the roads and your vehicle works.

Consider taking a First Aid course, Caravan Towing class or a 4WD Skills course (or all three!) if you feel like you could brush up on your skills before hitting the road. There is also updated technology available that makes a huge difference to safety while towing. Research has shown that grey nomads are prone to ‘winging it’ on the roads – don’t be one to fall into these statistics!

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