New caravan owners are being encouraged to brush up on the Highway Code before heading off on tour this summer.
With staycations more popular than ever, Quotezone.co.uk is recommending newcomers to the caravan world to familiarise themselves with Rule 169 of the Highway Code in particular, to ensure they don’t face any unwanted penalty points.
Rule 169 requests large or slow moving vehicles to pull in at an appropriately safe place if there is a long queue of traffic caught behind them.
If you fail to adhere to this and there is a queue of five or more cars behind you, it could be viewed as inconsiderate driving. This can lead to between 3 and 9 points on your licence, along with a fine of up to £5,000.
Quotezone.co.uk also warned that 3 points on a licence could lead to a 5% rise on your premiums, while 6 points could result in up to 25%.
The good news is there’s simple advice for getting around this – just pull over to let any traffic pass by when an opportunity arises to do so.
Drivers were also recommended to brush up on the speed limit when towing their caravans. A standalone car can drive at up to 70mph on a motorway – this decreases to a maximum speed limit of 60mph when towing a caravan.
There is another dip in speed on single carriageways too, where cars towing caravans have a maximum speed limit of 50mph, as opposed to 60mph when not.
Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone.co.uk comments: “Many new owners may not realise that caravans have different rules and risks on the road that come with manoeuvring a heavier vehicle.”
“It’s worth spending time checking the Highway Code, making sure drivers are aware of all the specific caravan driving rules and safety checks before setting off – even a test run can help drivers familiarise themselves with the heavier load.”
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Many new owners may not realise that caravans have different rules and risks on the road that come with manoeuvring a heavier vehicle.