Are you fit to tow? New footage shows the dangers

With the Easter weekend approaching, new video shows the dangers of towing a caravan and losing control on a motorway.

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Make sure you know how to tow. New video highlights what can go wrong our motorways

CCTV footage just released shows a caravan snaking out of control, narrowly missing other traffic on a motorway, before overturning and colliding with the safety barrier.

Last year, there were 764 incidents involving a caravan, trailer or other towed vehicle on the strategic road network in the South East with over two thirds of these incidents taking place between April and the end of September.

The Highways Agency say the causes of towing incidents include overloading the caravan or trailer, a mismatch with the towing vehicle, tyres which have burst because they have not been checked or replaced where needed and poor towing technique.

The Highways Agency advises anyone towing a caravan or trailer to:- Carry out a final maintenance check before setting off - Pay particular attention to the condition and pressure of the tyres on both vehicles- Check that loads are secure, that the weight is evenly distributed and is not excessive

  • Be aware of how towing affects the vehicle’s performance, particularly braking distances

  • Use extended mirrors when towing wider trailers

  • Check they have an appropriate driving licence for the vehicle and trailer combination

  • Know the correct speed limit for the vehicle and roads- Make sure they have proper breakdown cover in place

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