March 20, 2017
As the popularity of caravanning continues to grow, so too – tragically – do the numbers of terrible accidents involving caravans.
With every new crash, the calls grow for more and better training to be offered to grey nomads and other travellers who plan to tow a van or trailer as explore the country. Some are even saying that the taking a towing course should be mandatory for all caravanners.
While it is a subject that divides opinion, what cannot be denied is that there is a growing demand for these sorts of courses, and a similar growth in businesses eager to help people stay safe on the road.
For example, the Bundaberg Regional Council in Queensland has just approved the conversion of a former go-kart track into a new driver education facility tailored towards car, caravan, trailer, motorhome and bike owners.
Council planning and development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld told the Bundaberg News-Mail that the site at Burnetts Heads Rd, Rubyanna, was perfect for the project.
“It’s a great location and not in mainstream traffic,” he said. “It’s a great idea especially with all the grey nomads here, and we encourage anything that’s going to look after our citizens and prepare them for tomorrow.”
Neil Irvine, the Bundaberg developer who also runs APS Training Group, said it would not simply be about driving.
It will also include sessions on general maintenance, trailer handling and use, towing, backing trailers and caravan safely, understanding of safe load limits and safely securing vehicle loads internally and externally.
And if you can’t tell the difference between your alternator or your water pump, you’re in luck.
“We will talk to people about servicing vehicles and understanding what to look for,” Mr Irvine said.
The facility will also house two large warehouses to store vehicles and a caretaker’s residence.
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