The Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) and National Caravan Council (NCC) are supporting the Driver and Vehicle Standard’s Agency’s (DVSA) new campaign for SAFE towing which launches today (21 May).

It is expected that a lot of caravans that have been rested up during lockdown will be on the road again for the late Spring Bank Holiday (31 May), as restrictions ease across the UK.  In addition, with the marked growth in popularity of caravans over the last year, there will be a number of holidaymakers on the road who are new to – or recently returning to – towing.

So, the message from the Approved Workshop Scheme and the NCC is that if you are towing a caravan, make sure it is SAFE.

S – has it been Serviced recently?

A – have you got enough Air in your tyres? Check pressure, tread depth and condition.

F – have you Fitted the breakaway cable or safety chain and checked electrical connections and cables?

E – what are your lights looking like, have you Examined them properly? Check load and weight limit, mirrors and do the jockey wheel test before you travel.

Caravans that have not been used frequently can face some common problems with tyres, lights and brakes but it is easy to find a local fixed or mobile workshop on the AWS website or through the AWS app.  AWS Manager, Sarah Wigmore advises all caravan owners to book as soon as you can to get your caravan or trailer checked by a professional and to carry out these simple caravan checks before every new journey to get  back on the road safely.