Caravanners are being warned to take extra care when towing over upcoming bank holiday weekends such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as a steep rise in road traffic accidents has been predicted.
Caravan Guard statistics show that caravan owners are 79% more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident over a Bank Holiday weekend as opposed to other weekends in the year.
Neil Menzies of Caravan Guard explains,
“By analysing the substantial claims statistics which we collate we found that on a Bank Holiday weekend, on average, customers were 79% more likely to make an insurance claim due to a road traffic accident. Obviously caravans are there to be used and we don’t want to persuade anybody against a Bank Holiday break, we just want to warn people to take a little extra care as the roads will be particularly busy.”
Bank Holiday weekends are always busy, but the Diamond Jubilee weekend is set to be particularly popular for people taking a short UK break, as there are a full 4 days in a row, including the weekend and two Bank Holiday days.
“The increase in claims isn’t surprising when you consider there are simply more people using their caravans on a Bank Holiday weekend, and the roads are much busier, so statistically there should be more claims. The key to avoiding being a part of that statistic is to avoid travelling at peak times, timing your journey so that you set off a little earlier or later than you normally would to avoid the worst of the traffic.”
It’s also important to ensure your caravan is in tip top condition before hitting the road as a burst tyre or breakdown could ruin the weekend before it even gets going. Neil added,
“We’d advise all caravan owners to check their car and caravan tyres to ensure they aren’t showing signs of wear, bulging or cracking, and to ensure things such as brake lights and indicators are working correctly before setting off. A few minutes checks could prevent hours of stress further down the line.”