Education is the right answer
A LOT OF problems when it comes to caravan drivers can be negated by correct education and teaching correct interactions with heavy and other vehicles.
That's the view of ex-truckie Patrick Glassborow, who ran Western Australia to the eastern states for many years.
"I now tow a van. I've seen the best and the worst of both,” he said.
"A licence is definitely needed for caravan drivers without question.
"It by definition can't be the same as any other licenses and must cover their weights, their loaded weight distribution and emergency handling actions when needed.
"A lot of the problems can be negated by correct education and teaching correct interactions with heavy and other vehicles.
"It should be a minimum standard that must be met before setting off into the highways of this country and possibly endangering us all. There are good drivers both truck and van and really atrocious ones as well. Let's lift the bottom bar.”
But David Johnson said he wasn't convinced that it was the grey nomads who were the issue.
"They're out there a lot and chatting to truck drivers,” he said.
"I think it's more so the holiday makers that are the dangerous ones. They're working on city mentality, they're running on a schedule, and they're loaded to the hilt with all the gear for the kids too.”