Caravan holidays have soared in popularity in the UK since the pandemic, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Brits enjoyed 3.7 million caravan holidays in 2019, a number which rose to 4.3 million in 2022. Recent data suggests that by now, almost a quarter of the UK’s adult population has been on a staycation.
Although most of us would agree that summer is the ideal time to get away, the autumn months offer lower costs and a wider range of options. So, if you’re looking to steer clear of crowded campsites and heavy traffic, a September or October adventure should be on the cards.
With that in mind, Russell Ferreira, towing expert and owner of Diamond Trailers, has summed up the possible fines and penalty points you could accumulate when towing a caravan, as well as how to avoid them.
One of the most common reasons caravanners are hit with fines is overloading. Every vehicle has a maximum weight limit and exceeding it can lead you to trouble, both financially and for safety reasons.
Overloading fines vary depending on the extent to which you have surpassed the caravan’s limit, but you could face a penalty of up to £300 for minor violations. So, make sure to check the weight, as well as its distribution, before you set off.
Speeding while towing a caravan is another offence that you could accidentally commit, as the legal limit is lower than it is for cars. On motorways, you must not exceed 60 mph, whilst on single-carriageway roads it’s 50 mph.
Getting caught speeding could land you a fine of up to £1,000. Familiarise yourself with speed limits whilst towing and always stick to them when you’re heading on a caravan holiday.
Caravan drivers should always be aware of overtaking restrictions. If you attempt to pass another vehicle by travelling across a solid white line, you could end up with a fine of up to £1,000 and penalty points on your licence.
The combined length of a caravan and towcar means that if you are in a position to overtake legally, you must always exercise caution and patience, as it will likely take longer to pass than you think.
Incorrect number plates
Your caravan must display the same number plate as the towing vehicle. If not, you could be hit with a fine of up to £1,000. Ensure that your caravan complies with the regulations, which include the size, font and spacing of the characters.
Inadequate towing equipment
Towing a caravan without the proper equipment is not only dangerous to yourself and others, but also could leave you with a hefty penalty. Make sure your rig meets safety standards and is appropriate for the weight and size of your caravan, or you could find yourself paying up to £2,500 in fines.
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