Towing a caravan in busy towns and cities can be quite a challenge. There can be narrow streets, sharp turns, unhelpful other drivers and, of course, some terribly awkward parking spots.
CCTV footage of an incident at a McDonald’s car park in the New South Wales Central Coast town of Tuggerah shows just how easy it is for things to go wrong.
The film shows a driver in a 4WD towing a caravan trying to exit a parking spot in which he has cars parked on either side of him. In trying to negotiate the tight turn and improve his angles, he reverses the caravan and hits a car belonging to a young employee of the restaurant.
While there is no suggestion that a grey nomad was behind the wheel of the 4WD, most caravanners will be familiar with the challenges he faced in trying to navigate out of a tight spot.
The driver left the scene without stopping or leaving a note and it is thought might not even have known that another vehicle had been struck and damaged. The footage of the incident was not clear enough for police to see the driver’s number plates.
Unfortunately, the owner of the damaged 2007 Suzuki Liana, 17-year-old Ruby Burgess only has third party compulsory insurance, and looks set to be left hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars out of pocket.
“It was my first car and I just paid it off a month ago,” she told the Central Coast Express Advocate. “I had just put a lot of money into it to get the radiator fixed and now this. It’s devastating.”
The teenager said she first noticed the damage when she went out to get something from her car on her break.
“I went to open my (passenger side) door and it opened two centimetres and jammed,” she told the newspaper. It was then she noticed her side mirror was pushed in.
Failing to stop and exchange details after a collision is an offence in NSW and carries a maximum penalty of a $2200 fine.
* What’s the biggest caravan manoeuvre challenge you have faced? How do you try to make sure you will be able to get out of a parking spot again? Comment below