With camping holidays undergoing a boom thanks to the fine summer weather, road safety specialist IAM RoadSmart has partnered up with the Caravan and Motorhome Club to offer some advice for a successful holiday trip with a caravan, trailer tent or camping trailer. Ensuring that you load the caravan or trailer correctly, and deal appropriately with other traffic can help ease the stress levels which might otherwise result, especially if you lack towing experience.
That includes making sure your caravan or trailer are roadworthy – particularly as many are parked up and unused over the winter.
Martin Spencer, technical manager at the Caravan and Motorhome Club says: “Towing a caravan or other trailer can be unfamiliar, but doesn’t need to be intimidating. 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.”
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart 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.”