A spate of caravan rollovers in regional Western Australia has sparked an urgent warning from police for drivers to take extra care on the roads.
“People may not be used to towing vans regularly, or towing at all … so they should just travel with caution,” Kalbarri Police officer-in-charge Sergeant, Darren Connor, told the ABC. “And make sure you have the correct fatigue management, because towing a larger vehicle you do tire quicker.”
Sergeant Connor said correct vehicle maintenance was also vital.
The warning comes after a caravan flipped over after reportedly going onto gravel on the side of the road south of Kalbarri. Incredibly, no-one was seriously injured in the crash which left the caravan totally destroyed.
Just a day earlier, a family of five rolled their caravan near Augusta after losing control of their vehicle in stormy conditions. The driver Craig Smith told the ABC that his partner suffered a fractured rib and swelling on her spine but their three children were unharmed.
Mr Smith said he was travelling under the speed limit at the time and had taken all the necessary precautions before the journey.
“The car aquaplaned and then completely flicked off to the left and jackknifed and took everything straight off the road,” he told the ABC. “The car ended up pretty much inside the caravan on its side … it was pretty traumatic.”
The increased number of WA tourists on the roads due to Covid-19 has prompted the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC WA) to offer free caravan safety sessions as part of its Safe Travels initiative across Perth and regional WA.
The sessions are in Esperance on October 16, Albany on Oct 18, Port Hedland on October 31 and November 1 and Kalgoorlie on December 6.