Many drivers lax on safety
OLDER travellers are often cavalier about safety, research has found. PAUL GOVER reports ERE’S a scary thought. Did you know many of the grey nomads travelling Australia, often dragging a caravan behind a huge four-wheel-drive, have little experience of towing or outback roads?
Only half of those involved in a recent survey in Queensland believe they have ‘‘extensive towing experience’’ and most admit they have little experience of driving on unsealed or narrow bitumen roads.
The Queensland University of Technology study by Nadine Brayley and Patricia Obst surveyed 531 travellers aged 55 and older.
They were questioned on everything from their overall health to their experience and preparation for towing. Brayley found obvious gaps in their knowledge and experience, yet only 36 per cent say they need more information on safe driving.
Though many decided to see Australia after a health scare, 78 per cent travel without a first aid kit and most rely on telephone or radio for safety.
The findings prompted a call for free driving and safety courses at places where grey nomads meet, such as caravan parks.