If you are planning a trip this summer with a caravan, trailer tent or camping trailer, don’t set off without first making sure it is roadworthy and loaded correctly.
For a trouble-free journey, follow these tips from IAM RoadSmart and the Caravan & Motorhome Club:
“Towing a caravan or other trailer can be unfamiliar, but doesn’t need to be intimidating,” Martin Spencer, Technical Manager at the Caravan & Motorhome Club, said. “By getting the basic set-up right, then following straightforward advice over issues such as speed and safety around other vehicles, towing can be relaxed, easy and comfortable. Above all, it will be safe.
“In almost all cases, serious incidents only occur because inexperienced drivers have not taken the right advice, or experienced ones have become complacent. The Club has 15 training centres across the country so anyone just starting out, or those needing some refresher training can receive the best possible guidance.”
IAM RoadSmart’s Director of Policy & Research, Neil Greig, added: “The advanced driving skills of observation, anticipation and planning are key to good towing. They will keep you a safe distance from the vehicle in front and help you predict problems ahead and around you. If you prepare yourself, your family and your vehicles for the road ahead, your trip will be as relaxing as possible.”