Caravan Industry launches Road Safety campaign as 1.7 million campers prepare to hit the road this Easter

Australia has over 820,000 registered caravans and RVs and with many planning to travel again, taking precautions and preplanning your trip is vital to ensure a safe trip and enjoyable holiday.

An estimated 1.7 million caravan and campers are expected to hit the road this Easter Holiday.

As COVID restrictions ease this expected surge in travel is welcome news for regional Australia and the many tourism businesses looking to recoup after a difficult two years.

The Caravan Industry Consumer Sentiment Report has shown Australians are ready to get travelling again after the easing of travel restrictions.

Concerns about travelling have drastically decreased with 62% of Australians thinking that Australia is less impacted by the pandemic than most countries.

February 2022 research indicated a pent-up demand for travel with 41% indicating increased intention, up from 18% in August 2021.

Plus 56% of respondents said they were actively planning their next holiday with 52% preferring an interstate holiday.

In preparation, road safety information about pre-planning your trip to manage fatigue, proper use of rest stops including truck rest areas, vehicle preparation, sharing the road with trucks, towing, caravan parks shared spaces and pool safety will be promoted and shared.

Road Safety Research indicates:

·       RV road users are most likely to have a crash on Monday or Sunday as drivers return from their holidays.

·       Crashes are most likely to occur between 10am and 12pm.

·       Whilst crashes are more likely to occur in urban centres, fatalities are more likely to occur on regional roads.

·       Rear Ends are the most common reason for a crash (18%) followed by angle collision i.e., turning (14%) and losing control (13%)

Caravan Industry Association of Australia has developed in partnership with other state caravan associations, professional service providers and other relevant bodies such as the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Queensland Trucking Association, free to access consumer digital and print educational assets.

This information is available through easy to digest videos, engaging online quizzes and written content across email, social media, and digital platforms.

 Each year tens of thousands of Towing handbooks are distributed free of charge.

People will be directed to materials hosted on the following websites.

Media Contact:

Keelan Howard