Emergencies On The Road: What To Do – 7 Tips To Avoid Catastrophe While Caravanning

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From giving way to ambulances to your obligations at an accident, here’s the low down on handling an emergency on the road while towing.

You’re on the move and travelling at speed. The fascinating outback, a panorama of gold, green and red, lies before you. A glance in your mirrors reveals an ambulance rapidly coming up behind you, its emergency lights flashing, its siren blaring. You are between the ambulance and a life threatening emergency somewhere ahead.

Reality bits. The road that had felt so accommodating offers a single lane in both directions and the shoulder is deep loamy soil waiting to snare you and your caravan, potentially causing you to jack-knife. Perhaps it’s also steep, dropping away rapidly to paddocks of sharp, inhospitable gibber. Before you make a foolish decision that might see you as the next traveller that needs saving, here’s some handy advice.

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7. GIVING WAY TO AN APPROACHING AMBULANCE

In every state in Australia, when an ambulance approaches under lights and sirens you legally must give way. But you must do so safely, which is more complicated when towing.

With 20 years experience as an ambulance officer, Queensland Ambulance Service Superintendent Gavin Farry has the answers. Moreover, his experience looking after the Queensland Outback’s Central West region centred on Longreach and covering an area larger than Victoria means that he’s in a remote region that’s also very popular with caravan owners. Here are his top tips for giving way to an ambulance while towing.

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