By Oliver Hall
With many Brits taking their caravans on the roads for the first time this summer, owners should follow guidelines from checking tyres to practise parking to ensure they stay safe.
The advice on tyres and other important tips comes from Lancashire County Council’s Road Safety Group, follows the news that caravan holidays have increased by 25 per cent this year.
Deputy Road Safety Group Manager, Alan Fisher, said: “Caravan holidays are a fantastic way to go on holiday without breaking the bank but before you set off it’s important that you know how to stay safe.
“From loading up the caravan correctly to driving safely there are lots of ways you can help your holidays go with a swing, while making sure your caravan doesn’t.”
The tips include:
• Firstly make sure you have the correct licence for towing the type of caravan that you will be taking. See direct.gov.uk for more details.
• Make sure you know the maximum speed limits for driving with a caravan; these will differ depending on the sort of road you are on. Remember that when towing a caravan on motorways and duel carriageways the maximum speed limit is 60mph, and 50mph when on single carriageways.
• Check the tyre pressure and tread depth on both the caravan and car’s tyres.
• Load your caravan sensibly – heavy items should go over the axles and lighter things higher up. Don’t forget to check the maximum legal weight limit on both your vehicles.
• Check that all lights and indicators are working on the caravan and the car.
• Make sure you have a clear view down both sides of the caravan. You will need to fit extension towing mirrors onto your car if the side and internal mirrors don’t provide a clear view.
• Manoeuvres like parking and reversing will feel very different with a caravan attached to your car so it is better to try them out in a quiet place before you set off on a long journey. Remember to get someone to check behind and assist with your caravan reversing.
Etyres, the UKs leading online tyres retailer, is a popular choice for caravan owners who need puncture repairs or new tyres.
Its mobile fitting service means owners do not have to drive to high street depots to have the tyres changed and because its overheads are low, the prices are up to 40% cheaper than the leading tyre chains.