A road safety initiative of Queensland Police Service 👮
The ‘Stay on Track Outback’ road safety project is a problem–oriented partnership initiative of the Charleville Patrol Group (Queensland Police Service) that provides visitors to the outback with important road safety tips and useful travel information when driving on Outback highways and roads.
When a wide load is coming towards you, slow down and where possible, find a safe spot to pull off the road.
Communicate by UHF 40 to the truck drivers; escort vehicle and other travellers.
As a rule of thumb – a vehicle towing a trailer or caravan should allow two seconds, plus one second for each 3 metres of trailer.
Consider borrowing or hiring a trailer prior to purchase. This will help you decide what you are capable of handling, what you want for the type of trip/s you are planning and help you buy the right trailer for the right price. You do not want to end up with something that looks great but does not meet your trip needs or your skill level!
Make sure your registration and insurance are up to date and covers the trip, vehicle and trailer you are driving.
When practising with your trailer, don’t forget to load it with what you would normally take on holiday. Loading the trailer will affect the handling of the vehicle in varying conditions. Be mindful of load and balance restrictions.
If you are not confident and skilled, do not drive with the trailer on. If the usual driver is feeling tired, take a rest and don’t risk a crash. You are towing a mobile home, use it. If there is an emergency, take the trailer off and leave it behind.
Don't forget to check the distance between fuel stations!