SAFETY TIPS FOR CARAVANNING IN BAD WEATHER
Even with proper planning and scheduling, it’s still possible to experience bad weather during your caravan holiday. The chances of caravanning in bad weather also increase if you decide to head out in the off-season. You shouldn’t let the unpredictable weather get in the way of your outdoor adventure, though. By taking precautionary measures, your caravan will be able to withstand challenging weather conditions. With that said, here are some safety tips for caravanning in bad weather to keep in mind.
KEEP YOUR CARAVAN SECURE
Strong winds are one of the most common causes of caravan damage. Your vehicle can become unstable, especially if you’re towing a trailer or a boat. To stay safe from strong winds, it’s important to keep your caravan secure. If possible, park in a sheltered location. If you’re stuck in the outdoors, on the other hand, you should tie down or chain your caravan securely. Take down the fabric of your awning as well as other small objects that might get blown away.
When caravanning in bad weather, it’s possible to lose traction while you’re driving on the road. This can happen if there’s a heavy downpour, snow or ice. Slowing down and driving at a steady pace is the smartest thing to do.
Reducing your speed provides you with more time to slow down in case you need to stop. Apart from increasing your braking distances, also take into consideration cornering speed. Consider these safety precautions whenever you’re driving on damp or wet surfaces as the road can become more slippery than expected.
If your caravan holiday brings you to snowy terrain, it’s essential to increase your visibility. Even in the rain, a caravan can be hard to see on the road. Obviously, a white caravan becomes less visible when covered in white snow.
Add fluorescent stickers on the caravan’s exterior to increase visibility.
DO NOT LEAVE THE CARAVAN UNATTENDED
If weather conditions are less than optimal, avoid leaving your caravan unattended. Actually, staying inside your caravan and waiting until the weather improves is probably the smartest thing to do.
HAVE SAFETY GEAR
Preparation is key when caravanning in bad weather. You can never have enough safety gear in your caravan, especially when travelling through bad weather. If you’re travelling in the icy or snowy weather, it’s also good to have rock salt to melt snow and chains to increase your tyre traction.
Caravanners should also have a comprehensive first aid kit, a tyre pressure gauge and a breakdown kit.
It’s common sense not to travel in extreme weather conditions. However, Australian weather can be very unpredictable. Conditions can change quickly and next thing you know, you’re caught in the middle of a storm. When the weather turns bad, it’s time to get off the road and into your caravan.
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