It is very common for 2 or more RVs 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.
This situation is a frustration for ALL road users.
3-2-1- Green Reflectors
There are now in place on highways throughout the country many locations where heavy vehicles, caravans and RVs can safely pull off the road for a short rest or to allow other traffic to pass. These locations are clearly identified by the use of 3-2-1 Green Reflectors of the guide posts leading up to the rest area.
While these areas are not always full maintained they are usually a flat level and off the road rest spot.
They can be identified by 3 green reflectors on a guide post 500 meters before, two reflectors 250 meters before and one green reflector as you come to the rest area.
For more information of 3-2-1- Green Reflectors please click on the following link.
Be Truck Friendly and think about the distance you follow other vehicles and allow plenty of space for others to get around you. Pull of the road and let other vehicles pass whenever possible.
The Qld Government has provided some excellent information on how to calculate safe following distances when driving. Watch their video and read more by clicking the link below.