Countless motorists have a passion for caravanning and it’s the perfect time of year to head out for a getaway. That said, towing a caravan can be a stressful undertaking.
As a result, IAM RoadSmart has offered several top tips to drivers on how to make their caravan journeys more relaxing.
Plan ahead and always stay safe
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: “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.”
With this in mind, caravanners are advised to:
- Refresh your understanding of the Highway Code and remember that the towing speed limit is 60 mph
- Be extra vigilant when towing on up or downhill stretches, as the extra weight can affect handling and braking
- Plan journeys in advance and to avoid areas where strong winds are predicted – a caravan will act as a sail if struck by strong gusts
- Never overload the towing capacity of your vehicle
- Check both your car and caravan before embarking to ensure they are maintained properly and safe to travel
- Ensure all connections between the car and caravan are correctly connected before setting off
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Caravanning can be highly enjoyable, but getting to and from your destination means planning ahead and being extra vigilant when on the roads.”