The tragic death of a three-year-old boy who was crushed by a runaway trailer has led to a new road safety campaign.
Freddie Hussey died after a two-tonne trailer became detached from a Land Rover and careered across the pavement.
He was walking home with his mother close to their home in Bristol.
Delivery driver Tony Davies was driving the Land Rover when the trailer became detached. A court heard the tragedy was attributed to a handbrake lever being in the wrong place, which caused the trailer to come adrift.
He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Bristol Crown Court.
Now, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has produced an online guide showing motorists how to check their trailer is safely secured before towing objects such as caravans, horse-boxes and boats.
'Tow Safe for Freddie'
To make sure you are using a trailer safely you need to:
- make sure the brakes are working correctly
- check that the lights are undamaged and working correctly
- check that the coupling height is correct
- use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling