by Tim Barnes-Clay, the man behind the wheel.
Date: 29 May 2012
2012 is arguably one of Great Britainís most exciting years and more than ever, people are choosing to take their holidays in the UK rather than travel to the continent or abroad.
With around half a million caravanning enthusiasts in the UK, leisure towing is an extremely popular pastime.
While many caravan owners will be taking advantage of the long June bank holiday weekend, throughout the summer outdoor enthusiasts will be looking for engaging activities, especially activities outside London.
As caravan owners head out onto the open road, one of the most important things to remember is safety. To help them, LincsMag has come up with these ten top tips for safe caravanning:
1. Practice turning, stopping and reversing before you begin towing on public roads. Do not tow in traffic until you are confident that you can handle the vehicle and caravan safely
2. Always go through your safety checklist before heading off
3. Make sure that the lighting system of the caravan works properly
4. Do not drive faster than 50 mph while towing
5. Make sure you have enough room when cornering and avoid sudden manoeuvres
6. Always have someone to guide you when reversing
7. Parking on any kind of slope is not recommended
8. Always chock the caravanís wheels when parking and apply the carís parking brake
9. Make sure the person placing / removing the chocks from your wheels stands to one side
10. Always carefully read the caravan manufacturer's instructions