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Touring Caravan Towing Safety

One of the biggest problems faced by caravan owners will be towing their precious vehicle. Jokes are always made about seeing caravans on the road, but in reality it’s no laughing matter – failing to understand touring caravan safety can have severe consequences, and learning how to tow properly should be a top priority. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

• Load your caravan safely. When loading your caravan, it’s essential that everything is properly secured to prevent your possessions being strewn around the vehicle. Always distribute the weight evenly and put heavier items over the axle, and of course you should never exceed the maximum loading weight if you want to stay safe.

• Invest in extension mirrors. Because of the sheer size of your caravan and the length of vehicle that it’s going to create, having extension mirrors is vital if you want to drive safely and legally. Regular rear view mirrors simply won’t do the job, so make sure to not skimp out.

• Ensure the caravan is properly secured to your car. Consider the accidents that could be caused if your caravan was to become uncoupled mid-trip – it doesn’t bear thinking about. Avoid this possibility by having appropriate hitch locks and by ensuring it’s properly secured before you head off.

• Drive safely. It may seem obvious, but the best way to ensure your safety is to drive properly at all times. Don’t go too fast and be careful when you approach corners, and always remember that it’s going to take much longer to start, stop and turn than a regular vehicle. It also needs much more space to do so, so leave a wide gap between you and the next car.

These are just a few things you need to remember when towing your caravan, and if you bear them in mind you’ll be much more likely to stay safe when you’re on the road. If possible, try to practice towing your caravan on private land before you hit the road – it’s very tricky to get right, and if you practice first you’ll have a better chance of staying safe. You could always contact a camping and caravanning club if you need some extra advice, but as long as you remain visible on the road, drive safely and secure everything in place you needn’t worry about touring caravan safety because you’ll have everything under control.


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