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