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Speed Limits

Posted by Sharon Eason on 19 October 2012 | 1 Comments

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Listening to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 recently, it became painfully obvious that few people are aware that different speed limits apply to different vehicles travelling on the same roads.  It seems that some of those people pull trailers of varying shapes and sizes.

Let's have a quick reminder - just in case.

Type of vehicle Built-up areas mph (km/h) Single carriageways mph (km/h) Dual carriageways mph (km/h) Motorways mph (km/h)
Cars and vehicles (including car-derived vans up to 2 tonnes max laden weight) 30 (48) 60 (96) 70 (112) 70 (112)
Cars towing caravans or trailers (including car-derived vans and motorcycles) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 60 (96)
Buses, coaches and minibuses (not more than 12 metres overall length) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70 (112)
Goods vehicles (not more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70 (112) If articulated, or towing a trailer, limit is 60 (96)
Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48) 40 (64) 50 (80) 60 (96)

These figures are taken from www.direct.gov.uk

There is a good reason for reducing speeds when towing.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the ability of your car to keep the caravan or trailer moving at higher speeds, but its abiity to stop in an emergency.  Think about it.  The highly efficient braking systems of modern cars are designed to stop the car only.  Hang a caravan or trailer on the back and the weight will be increased perhaps by as much as 85%.  Those brakes now have to stop almost twice the weight they were designed to cope with and the result is a longer stopping distance.

All vehicles should travel in lane 1, except when overtaking, but a towing vehicle is prohibited from lane 3 of a 3 lane motorway.

These rules also apply to folding caravans/campers and trailer tents - even though the trailed unit is lower than the rear window of the car.  All trailers are included in these rules, from the smallest to the largest.

Why then, as I was travelling on the M6 last week between J16 and J32 at about 58 mph, was I regularly overtaken by caravans travelling at 70 mph or more - and what on earth was the white van man doing in the third lane pulling a trailer loaded with quad-bikes? Why are there never any police around when you need them?

So, please, as winter approaches and the weather deteriorates, remember the speed limits are there for a reason and stick to them for your own safety and that of others.  No-one likes to see a caravan turned over with all the contents spilled across the carriageway. 

Stay safe on the road, enjoy the journey - its all part of caravanning and camping.

 

 

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Everyone Can Tow a Caravan - Its Easy

Posted by on 13 June 2012 | 0 Comments

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Every time I tow the caravan onto a site, I find people staring as if a woman should not be driving with her husband in the passenger seat.  Why not - I sit on the left when he is driving. First of all, the breakdown services are there for genuine breakdowns, not a get you home service.  I know of more than one occasion when the breakdown truck was called because the regular driver was unwell and the 'other half' would not tow.  That is selfish and puts up everyone else's cost of breakdown cover. Members of the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravan Club will be able to...

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Insuring your caravan- a guide

Posted by Rachael Miller of moneysupermarket.com on 1 May 2012 | 0 Comments

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Rachael Miller from moneysupermarket.com has offered this advice to everyone who owns or is thinking of buying a caravan.  It is timely advice coming at the beginning of the summer holiday season.  No one wants to think about the worst happening to them, but with proper insurance the blow can be softened. If you are looking to buy a caravan or already have one then it is vital to ensure that you have the right insurance in place.  The type of caravan insurance that you need depends on the type of caravan that you have and what you will be using it for. Here are the three main types of...

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