Campervan holidays with your family can be a lot of fun, especially when you head out from a coastal city into the heartland of the country, taking on tiny towns and villages along the way in a bid to try to get to know your country that little bit better.
With all that said, road safety is incredibly important when driving a campervan, especially if it’s your first time. For this reason, whether you require campervan hire Perth wide or you plan on taking your own, make sure you take a note of the following road safety tips during your holiday so to ensure both you, and your campervan, make it back in one piece:
Plan Your Journey, Allocating Extra Time
Though planning your journey should be a core part of your trip preparation whether you’re driving a campervan or not, doing so is especially important when you’re behind the wheel of a much larger vehicle, as your journey is likely to take you longer in a campervan due to changes in speed limits (see below) and routes that may or not be available.
For this reason, always allocate extra time to the amount you believe you’ll need each day to make your journey. Before you leave it’s a good idea to only plan a few days ahead, as you’ll quickly discover through experience how quickly you can move on the roads in your camper, and therefore how much driving you, on average, can do each day.
Take Regular Breaks
When driving long distances such as those you’ll be driving in the outback during your campervan holiday, it’s so incredibly important you take regular breaks that this point alone could have a seven hundred word article written about it.
There are many ways in which to incorporate these break into your holiday so to stay safe while still creating an enjoyable experience for the whole family. One way in particular, is to take a break whenever you come across some particularly good scenery. Maybe even stop for a picnic. And of course, do your best to try to avoid late night or early morning drives if you can help it, as these will take much more out of you than an afternoon drive ever could.
Keep Your Distance
When driving a campervan, regardless of how long you’ve been driving one, you must ensure you keep your distance from the vehicle in front at all times.
Unlike cars, the weight of which don’t dramatically change depending on how much you put in them, you’ll have difficulty knowing the weight of the campervan you’ve hired when both your family and your luggage are all safely in the back, therefore keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front at all times is your only real way of knowing you’ll be able to stop safely if you suddenly have to break for whatever reason. Hiring a campervan for your trip can help eliminate any car troubles you would normally expect to have on this sort of holiday. That said, you must treat the vehicle with respect at all times to ensure it continues to keep both you and your family safe.
Always Adhere to the Speed Limit
The speed limits are there for a reason, and depending on the road in which you’re travelling there’s a chance you may have to adhere to a lower speed limit in your campervan than you would normally have to in a car. Looking into these ahead of time will not only keep you safe, it’ll stop you from receiving an expensive ticket which could all but ruin a wonderful holiday.
If you hire a campervan specifically for your trip, ask the people you hire from about particular speed limits with regard to the different outback roads you’ll be travelling on, as nobody will know these rules and regulations better than them.
In conclusion, campervan holidays with your family can be a lot of fun, but road safety is incredibly important when driving a campervan, especially if it’s your first time. To ensure a safe trip, be sure to plan your journey ahead of time, take regular breaks, keep your distance, and always adhere to the speed limit.