Make caravan safety a priority and check caravan and motorhome tyres before Easter journeys, urges insurance company

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Motorhome and caravan safety should be a priority for all vehicle owners planning a trip this Easter.

According to research by Coast Insurance, caravan and motorhome owners are more than twice as likely to suffer accidental damage around Easter time than earlier in the year.

A study by the specialist caravan insurance provider revealed that during the past 10 years the chances of incurring accidental damage to tourers increases by 121 per cent between January/February and March/April.

Caravan safety should be a priority for all vehicle owners as they prepare for what is probably the first trip of the year.

A cavalier attitude towards caravan safety, including not maintaining caravan and motorhome tyres, as well as rusty driving and manoeuvring skills, can lead to costly damage in transit, according to Coast.

Making sure caravan and motorhome tyres are safe and legal is one of the main priorities, however, owners often overlook basic checks which enhance caravan safety, such as making sure all fixtures and fittings inside the vehicle are stored safely.

Robert Tuke, Coast Insurance’s Managing Director, highlighted why caravan safety should be a priority: “Although it’s not unusual that claims rise as spring arrives, what surprises us is how avoidable many of these accidents are.”

He added that owners should perform thorough caravan safety checks “before hitting the road and drive cautiously to reduce the chance of sustaining accidental damage to their caravan”.

Coast has put together the following tips to increase caravan safety and limit the likelihood of suffering accidental damage:

* Inspect the window seals for leaks and check for signs of damp

* Make sure caravan and motorhome tyres are in good condition with a minimum 1.6mm tread depth

* Double check wheel nuts and ensure caravan and motorhome tyres are correctly inflated

* Test all appliances

* Make sure towbar is in good condition and test electronic connections

* Secure all items not stored away in locked cupboards

For more advice about caravan safety and caravan and motorhome tyres, etyres has put together a comprehensive information guide.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of caravan and motorhome tyres and our convenient mobile fitting service means you do not have to take your vehicle to a high street depot – again increasing caravan safety.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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