RAC shares their guide to towing a caravan
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Drivers risk being hit with hefty fines and even penalty points on their licence for failing to use caravans or motorhomes safely. The move comes after experts are concerned about a possible surge in staycation holidays due to international travel quarantine rules.
The DVSA anticipates many will instead head to UK outdoor destinations with their caravans and trailers.
With no prospect of a foreign holiday for many and lockdown savings in the bank, some drivers may be travelling with recently purchased equipment which they have not tried out.
Data from the DVSA roadside checks show caravans and trailers can experience problems with a range of key safety equipment.
Around one in six caravans stopped by the DVSA were found to have serious safety issues.
This rises to 40 percent of all small trailers which may be used by families.
Issues detected by the DVSA included issues with the motorhome’s lights and issues with the breakaway cables.
Poor brakes which could lead to accidents were also identified as a possible safety defect.
According to GOV.UK, the equipment used with a trailer or caravan must meet certain safety standards and used correctly.
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They warn drivers could be issued fines of up to £2,500 for using a vehicle while it is in a dangerous condition.
Breaching this driving rule could also see drivers issued three penalty points or even be temporarily banned from the roads.
Drivers can also be fined up to £1,000 and bet three penalty points if they tow a caravan without proper towing mirrors
GOV.UK said any tow bars must be “type approved” and meet EU regulations for each car.
Cars built before 1 August 1998 does not need to be fitted with type approval tow bars.
DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, Mark Winn urged drivers to follow their new SAFE system.
- Service – get a free trailer safety check or visit your garage if needed
- Air in tyres – check pressure, tread depth, condition, and age
- Fit the breakaway cable or safety chain and check electrical connections and cables
- Examine lights, load and weight limit, mirrors and do the jockey wheel test
He said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you keep your caravan or trailer safe to use on Britain’s roads.
“It’s great to see caravans and trailers returning to the road but drivers who tow have a special responsibility to ensure they #towsafe4freddie.
“Many caravans and trailers have been parked up over winter, so we’re urging drivers who are new to towing or haven’t towed for a while to carry out some simple checks.
“Our ask is, whatever you’re towing, make it SAFE.”
The Tow Safe 4 Freddie campaign was launched after 3-year-old Freddie Hussey was killed when a trailer became unhitched as he walked near his home.
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