Caravans, put simply, are a menace on our roads – Courier Mail

Caravans, put simply, are a menace on our roads – We at camp-spots just read the recent article in the Courier Mail that Caravans are a menace on our roads and all we can say is surely it is just a click bait article.

The article written by Paul Syvret goes on and states “Each year too it seems the nana van brigade dream up new ways to torment the rest of us.” What a damn insult Paul we do not condone this kind of half witted remarks at all.

Paul also states “We’ve all endured the curse of the caravaner: a perfectly safe and pleasant road trip rudely brought to a grinding crawl as five tonnes of car, trailer and mobile nana nest trundles along at a glacial pace, blindly oblivious to the increasingly frustrated conga line of traffic snaking along behind it.”

Whats your thoughts?

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Caravans, put simply, are a menace on our roads

SPRING. The jacarandas are out, baby magpies are venturing from their nests and the first mangoes of the season are arriving in the markets.

Sadly the warmer air, along with thoughts of beaches and balmy sunset beers, also brings with it the reappearance of one of Australia’s most noxious introduced pests, the caravan.

This is the time of year when, like snails emerging after rain, the annual mass migration of grey nomads and other assorted nana van haulers and RV drivers begins in earnest, clogging our national highways with the automotive equivalent of cholesterol.

For a nation with a population of not quite 25 million, we are afflicted with more than 600,000 registered caravans and campervans, according to a 2016 report prepared for the Caravan Industry Association.

Line them all up end to end and you have enough vehicular menace to stretch from the first 110km/h zone on the Bruce Highway all the way to Dante’s ninth circle of Hell.

And take a bow Queensland, on a per capita basis the infestation is worse here than anywhere else; 160,000 of the bloody things, or 26 per cent of the Australian total.

We’ve all endured the curse of the caravaner: a perfectly safe and pleasant road trip rudely brought to a grinding crawl as five tonnes of car, trailer and mobile nana nest trundles along at a glacial pace, blindly oblivious to the increasingly frustrated conga line of traffic snaking along behind it.

In the interest of fairness, there is the occasional caravan driver who displays a degree of courtesy to those of us who don’t consider 80km/h to be an acceptable highway speed. Such is the scarcity of this breed, however, they are often greeted with happily surprised toots of the horn by grateful motorists when they actually pull over to let others pass.

 The trouble is that these rare examples of motoring civility are hopelessly outnumbered by the clueless and the self-entitled: the “I pay my taxes and the rest of you can get stuffed” brigade.

And every year there are more of them, with nana van registration rates increasing at about six per cent a year in Queensland, or four times the rate of population growth.

If this was the crown-of-thorns starfish or cane toads we’d be talking about a federally funded eradication program to stem the spread of the blighters.

Each year too it seems the nana van brigade dream up new ways to torment the rest of us.

Apparently fomenting road rage in drivers trapped behind a few tonnes of steel and aluminium travelling at the most “fuel efficient” speed is not enough.

Nor will travelling in convoys almost impossible to pass safely, yawing wildly across other lanes as they corner, or deciding to hog a rare overtaking lane as a nana vanner tries (often in vain) to spool up just enough pace to overtake an even slower vehicle, suffice when it comes to inflicting suffering on anonymous others.

On a recent two week road trip (Brisbane to Bathurst and then north to Rockhampton and back) I observed numerous campervans — those great lumbering Winnebagos and their ill-bred ilk — galumphing along the highway while also towing a smaller SUV behind.

In a few cases even this was apparently not enough extra road weight, with the campervan instead towing a double decker trailer with a vehicle on one level and a tinny strapped on above, which makes you wonder why the driver didn’t just invest in a semi-trailer, throw in a couple of jet skis and a quad bike, and be done with it.

And here’s the rub. While there are no doubt a number of experienced and competent drivers towing these behemoths along our roads, many are simply a menace.

In effect, a bloke who may have never driven anything more demanding than a Toyota Camry can decide to kit himself out with a 2.5 tonne Landcruiser towing a van with an aggregate trailer mass (the weight of the van, trailer and payload) of another three tonnes or more and a combined length of more than 12 metres, and then hit the highways.

Bear in mind here that you need a licence for a jetski, a tinny, or to ride a motorbike, based on the eminently sensible reasoning that different skill sets are required to piloting the family car to and from work or the local shops.

The same should apply to van drivers, many of whom in my experience are patently unqualified to be hauling mini road trains around the country in an endless search for the next free campsite or driver reviver coffee stop.

And don’t start clogging my inbox with furious missives protesting how considerate and competent you are.

Instead, direct your ire at all those vanners — and you must see them too — who give the lot of you such a rotten reputation among those of us forced to endure and avoid what is the single greatest road hazard in Australia.


16 Replies to “Caravans, put simply, are a menace on our roads – Courier Mail”

  1. Want a wanker what about the people speeding, tailing, roadraging not taking breaks,
    Drink and drug driver and all the other that over take thease people in a dangerous manner. Chill out Paul before you have a hearattack, perhaps get a van and slow down and enjoy your life mate.

  2. Honestly people like you are narrow minded idiots there is only one thing you have got correct and that is a lot of people or maybe everyone so there is NO discrimination out there on this subject is that we should have to do a defensive driving course of some kind when purchasing a caravan,camper etc….but people like you don’t understand that a lot of people just like myself can’t afford an expensive overseas trip or even a trip on a plane to somewhere in Australia most of these people are struggling pensioners. They are living there dream after retirement instead of sitting at home just waiting to loose there will to live they are living LIFE.. I honestly think that when the younger generation coming up to learning to drive should be taught how to drive a lot beta,how to drive when caravans or trucks are on the roads,maybe WE should all do a defensive driving course before getting on the roads..My hubby and I have had a many a near misses with drivers not saying we are perfect but drivers don’t realise when they cut out in front of a caravan or truck that you have excess weight behind you which means hitting the brakes takes us longer to stop or could cause us to jack knife. We always try to stick to the left when coming to overtaking lanes but on some occasions it can’t be helped due to some driver driving like a “miss daisy” in the left lane going up a hill,I know for us hubby tries to get the so call pressure up but keeping to the speed limit of course for us to get up a hill so we are not snail driving and slowing down other drivers but then u get a driver in left lane that decides quarter way up the hill to slow down to 60km then when they get to the top of the hill they pick their speed up… Not only that a lot of drivers when changing lanes try to see how close they can touch our front bumper with their rear bumper,we have seen this a lot with drivers doing this to truck drivers I know myself I wouldn’t like to get that close to a huge truck on the highway..Driving is a privilege not a we should all take care on the roads..

  3. I believe the drivers need to be licensed. I had to get a licence to drive a small bus for work and people can tow something twice the size without one. that is crazy, so many don’t seem to know quite what they are doing I have, in the last 2 days, driven 1000kms, and experienced caravans being driven in torrential rain…and the drivers didn’t have a clue. just dangerous.

  4. As the article indicates, there are an increasing number of vanners on the road and that means a number with a lack of experience, even if they have done a tow-ed or similar course, wisdom comes with experience. It is like other users of the road, L and P platers (speed limited), trucks (speed limited) motor bikes, we all have to work in with each other and cut each other a bit of slack. My biggest frustration is finding a safe place to pull over to allow following traffic to pass.

  5. I have been Towing a caravan for over 30 years and I have always shown consideration to all types of vechicals but cannot say the same for 8 out of 10 other transport drivers .

  6. Might be a good idea if Paul Syvret took a good long look at himself & re evaluated his statement to all the shonky B Double trucks & drivers out there that are mutilating human life on our highways just about every day now with there culpable driving, tailgating & excessive speed .

  7. Very funny and witty ,well written JUST TO STIR YOU UP ,AND HE HAS DONE IT, it was obviously written to get a reaction and you all fell for it ,hook,line,and sinker,Hahahaha, I love my caravan ,but even I can see that was written to get a reaction

  8. Some people are so narrow minded. Maybe just jealous because he cannot see his way to join people with vans and have a great life now. ” He needs to get a life and leave other very happy people alone.

  9. Any car driver that can’t overtake a caravan doing under 90kmh should hand HIS license in. The slower the van is going the quicker & easier to overtake it.

  10. I always pull over to the side when safe to do so to let cars past. And I also see most caravans driving in the left lane of multi lane motorways.. Personally I think your just a arrogant twat that’s had a run in with someone that is in the minority that has not pulled over for you. So you try and taint all of us with your own type of road rage by writing this pathetic twaddle

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