Towing safety campaign launched

Towing safety campaign launched

It is hoped that a new, hard-hitting road safety campaign will help reduce the number of accidents caused by people towing caravans and trailers.

The Highways Agency is using real-life footage of a car on the M1 in Leicestershire as it loses control of the caravan it is towing and eventually flips onto its side.

The aim is to make motorists think about whether they can drive safely with a caravan or trailer ahead of the spring and summer holiday season, a period which traditionally sees the most towing-related accidents on Britain's roads.

Highways Agency service delivery manager Andy Withington said: "Over Easter many people will be hitching up their caravans and trailers for the first time since autumn, so we're asking them to take time to ensure they're fit to tow before going on the road.

"Incidents involving towed vehicles can cause long delays for other road users as well as distress for anyone directly involved."

There are a number of checks drivers can make to ensure their vehicle and the trailer or caravan they are towing is fit for purpose. This includes checking the tyre pressure on both car, caravan or trailer, ensuring the loads are secure and weight is evenly distributed.

Drivers should use extended mirrors to improve the field of view and also consider the effect such extra weight has on the car's performance, such as in terms of braking distances.

Motorists should also have the appropriate licence for their trailer or caravan and be aware of the speed limits they need to comply to.

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