While driving

When towing a trailer (including caravans), remember to:

  • allow for the extra length and width of the trailer when entering traffic
  • allow for its tendency to ‘cut in’ on corners and curves
  • accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gently to avoid swaying
  • allow for the effects of cross-winds, passing traffic and uneven road surfaces
  • leave a longer stopping distance between you and the vehicle ahead; increase the gap for longer, heavier trailers and allow even more distance in poor driving conditions
  • use a lower gear in both manual and automatic vehicles when travelling downhill to make your car easier to control and reduce the strain on your brakes
  • allow more time and distance to overtake and avoid ‘cutting off’ the vehicle you are overtaking when returning to the left lane
  • fit a reversing camera or get someone to watch the rear of the trailer when you reverse—reversing is difficult and takes practice
  • not hold up traffic—pull off the road where it is safe to do so, and where it won’t create a build-up of traffic unable to overtake
  • be aware that your vehicle and trailer will have a tendency to sway when a heavy vehicle overtakes you (gently slow down when heavy vehicles pass you to help avoid caravan sway)

Visit the Transport and Main Roads site for further detail on equipment, loading, maintenance and insurance.

Caravan tips

Additional information

Tips for buying a safe caravan

Visit the Transport and Main Roads site for practical advice to buy a safe caravan.

 

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10 things you shouldn’t do with your new caravan

The RACQ has compiled a practical quick list of things to avoid when caravanning.

 

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Inspections and education

Caravanning Queensland is the peak industry body for caravanning in Queensland, with members located from the Gold Coast through to Cairns. Caravanning Queensland can organise a safety check of your caravan, and also offer a free Caravan Weight and Safety Inspection Program. The free program is designed for owners of caravans, motorhomes and other recreational vehicles to increase driver understanding of the challenges they may face whilst travelling on the roads and to ensure they are better equipped to avoid accidents.

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