Regional road trip boom spotlights caravan safety

8 December 2020

A series of free educational safety checking days has given caravan and camper trailer owners the knowledge and confidence to hit the road as safely as possible.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the events were held earlier this month at Kempsey, Coffs Harbour and Grafton in response to a rise in regional travel.

"With international travel restrictions still in place, and domestic restrictions only just lifting, we've seen a surge in the number of people wanting to explore all the wonderful things regional NSW has to offer in a caravan or camper trailer," Mr Toole said.

"But it's important that these homes away from home are compliant and can be used right across our state road network safely.

"Transport for NSW rolled out these free workshops in a state-wide first and I'm glad so many people attended to ensure their own safety and the safety of other road users."

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said it was great so many locals supported the events.

"With a limit of 13 caravans or trailers per event, these events were booked out almost as soon as we made them available," Mrs Pavey said.

"It's important to make drivers towing a van or a camper trailer aware of simple things, which can take them from being within the limits to become overweight."

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the sessions offered local owners handy tips when it came to hitting the road with a van or trailer in tow.

"Things like adding a tool box to the back, attaching an awning, popping a kayak on the roof or travelling with extra water tanks can all make a difference to vehicle safety," Mr Singh said.

"These events provided vital information to help improve drivers' understanding of why it's important to get weights, mass and dimensions right for the safety of themselves and other road users."

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said it was a timely reminder for caravan and camper trailer owners to take stock ahead of hitting the road these summer holidays.

"Transport for NSW had safety experts on hand to provide immediate advice on how to correct any safety concerns before driving off," Mr Gulaptis said.

"Owners were also offered checks to ensure their vehicles complied with all registration requirements and that the tow-ball, vehicle and caravan weight was distributed safely."

The events were designed to make holidays as pleasant as possible, while ensuring caravan owners are complying with the essential safety requirements.

Caravan safety guidelines, the new caravan safety brochure and pre-departure checklist are now available to help drivers understand how to safely tow a caravan and stay safe this holiday season.

Visit the Centre for Road Safety website for more information.

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