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Motorhome Safety Tips

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Safety tips for your australian campervan holdiay

Australia is big!

Driving conditions that can differ greatly from other countries you may have travelled around before. When calculating travelling time it is important to take into consideration the need to reduce speed through the many towns and cities. You will also need to consider adverse road and weather conditions.

We think it’s really important to research the driving route you plan to travel on in advance - pay special attention to the driving distances. It’s best to travel around 250kms per day so you can experience Australia at a leisurely pace so you get to see more and you won’t be fatigued from too much driving.

Australia is lucky to have many native animals living in their natural habitats. Enjoy them, but remember they can be a hazard on country roads. Although it is a natural instinct to swerve to avoid an animal, keep your vehicle on the same line, slow down, and stop if possible. Remember there may be an oncoming vehicle.

It is preferable to cause minor damage to your car by colliding with an animal, rather than with another vehicle or immovable object.

Remember that campervans are double the height and length of sedan vehicles. Keep an eye out for height indicator signs, cantilever awnings, overhanging tree branches and be careful when reversing near fixed objects (walls etc.).

 

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The four basic survival rules if you are in an incident in a remote area:

  • Do not leave your vehicle.
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Conserve water.
  • Prepare effective signals.

You can hire a Satellite phone that will come in handy as there are many areas of Australia that do not have mobile phone coverage - this option allows you to have coverage in all areas and are an important safety item for remote travel.  We offer Satellite phones at AU$18 per day plus call costs.

Our motorhomes can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads. The only exceptions to this are well-maintained access roads of less than twelve kilometres to recognised campgrounds and well-maintained, recognised roads on Kangaroo Island (South Australia). If you wish to travel on an unsealed road that is greater than twelve kilometres in length to access a recognised campground special permission can be arranged pending road condition, weather and distance. Please contact us to discuss.

In the unlikely event you have an incident while you’re on the road, we offer you on-road assistance. You can contact us toll free 1300 363 800

Although you are unlikely to need them, it is a good idea that you are aware of the emergency numbers in Australia:

  • Triple Zero (000) is Australia's primary Emergency Call Service number and should be used to request emergency assistance from all telephones (landline, mobile phones and payphones) in the first instance. For information about calling Triple Zero (000) from a voice over internet protocol service see below.
  • 112 is the international standard emergency number which can only be dialled on a digital mobile phone.
  • 106 is the text-based Emergency Call Service number for people who are deaf, or who have a hearing or speech impairment. This service operates using a teletypewriter (TTY) but does not accept voice calls or SMS messages.
    Both 112 and 106 are secondary emergency service numbers because they are for use only in connection with particular technologies. For more details, please refer to www.acma.gov.au
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