Chevrolet offers caravanners safe towing advice with top ten tips
Chevrolet's Captiva tow car has recently increased in capacity
Friday, 25, May 2012 11:09
by Tom Lowenstein
The current heat wave hitting the UK is reminding everyone just how special holidays at home can be, and with many of us preparing our caravans for summer trips away, Chevrolet has offered a quick guide reminding us how to stay safe.
Having recently increased the capacity of its Captiva tow car to 2,000kg, Chevrolet has an incentive to make sure people remain as safe as possible when hitching their tourer along the UK's winding roads.
To make sure its information was as accurate and helpful as possible, the iconic American car firm turned to industry experts Elddis, the National Caravan Council and the Camping and Caravanning Club for advice.
"At Chevrolet we believe that a big part of that fun should be the journey, not just the destination," explains Mark Terry, the company's UK managing director.
"Choosing the right tow car and having a safe experience will go a long way to ensuring that your time with 'Mother Nature' is enjoyable and relaxed, as well as safe and legal," he added.
Chevrolet's Top Tips for Safe Caravanning:
- 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
- Always go through your safety checklist before heading off
- Make sure that the lighting system of the caravan works properly
- Do not drive faster than 50 mph while towing
- Make sure you have enough room when cornering and avoid sudden manoeuvres
- Always have someone to guide you when reversing
- Parking on any kind of slope is not recommended
- Always chock the caravan's wheels when parking and apply the car's parking brake
- Make sure the person placing / removing the chocks from your wheels stands to one side
- Always carefully read the caravan manufacturer's instructions