It is very common for 2 or more RV’s or caravanners to be travelling together or one caravan may have just caught up with another slower caravan on the road.
The golden rule of convoy travel is to leave plenty of space between the vehicles.
Leave enough space for a truck or b-double to safely leap frog around you and move between you and the vehicle you are following.
Keep in mind that they need safe distances to slow after they overtake and there should be a safe distance between all vehicles when the overtaking is completed.
A safe distance between cars is 2 seconds; however this should be extended to at least 4 seconds for heavy or towing vehicles.
Check to see if there is a second vehicle that is also overtaking. If so, leave extra space for them.
Queensland laws state that vehicles over 7.5 meters must have a distance of at least 60 meters between following vehicles increasing to 200 meters if in an area used by road trains.
Many trucks, cars and other road users get frustrated when they are following two or more RV’s or caravans, travelling slower than the rest of the traffic that have not left enough space to pass.
To overtake, a driver therefore needs to overtake the two caravans and tow vehicles at the one time.
This is extremely dangerous for all involved including the vehicles being overtaken and resulted in many fatalities over the years.
One truck driver tells of when he came up behind 6 caravan’s following in convoy together that had not left any safe distance between them for other vehicles to overtake. They were travelling at approx. 70-80 km per hour in a 100km zone on the open highway out western Queensland. It took him an extra hour to get home and that was an extra hour out of his regulated 14 hour legal driving allowance. He nearly didn’t get home to his family before he had to stop, by law, for his regulated rest break.
There is no other word for it; it is just pain ‘ignorant’ and a frustration for ALL road users.
It frustrates the drivers stuck behind and many drivers make unsafe overtaking manoeuvres out of pure frustration endangering the lives of all drivers and passengers.
We often hear of the innocent family being killed by a driver overtaking when they shouldn’t, out of frustration.
Be Truck Friendly and think about the distance you follow other vehicles and allow plenty of space for others to get around you.
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