If you’re ready to hit the roads and looking forward to a relaxing caravan holiday, the last thing you want is to be involved in road traffic accidents.
Whether you’re new to caravanning or you’ve been navigating the motorways for years, it’s important to be aware of the safety measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of accidents on the road, ensuring you remember your trip for all the right reasons.
Here are five safety tips for hitching and unhitching a caravan:
- Complete checks before you hitch your caravan: Before you hitch the caravan, take a few minutes to carry out some basic checks. Check that the handbrake is on, the gas cylinder is off, empty waste containers and ensure that the wheels of the caravan are chocked, stabilised using wedges, if you are on a slope.
- Adjust the hitch height: Adjust the hitch height to ensure that it lies above the tow ball of the car; it is important to do this in advance of trying to hitch the caravan.
- Remove the tow ball cover: Once the hitch height is correct, remove the tow ball cover from the car and slowly reverse the car towards the caravan. Secure the car onto the tow ball and then check the connection carefully. Once the caravan is stable and you have connected the electric plugs, you can remove the chocks and take the handbrake off.
- Take care when you pull off: When you head out from your pitch, check all around you, give yourself time and drive slowly. 2013 Highways Agency statistics show that caravans and trailers were involved in 5,840 UK road accidents.
- Unhitching: When you arrive at your desired destination, you can start the unhitching process. Release the stabiliser, position the caravan on the pitch and then put the handbrake on. Disconnect any electrical plugs and then elevate the pitch-head lever and employ the jockey wheel to unhitch the caravan from the tow ball. Drive the car away slowly and carefully and replace the tow ball cover.
Can I claim for a caravan accident?
If you’ve had a caravan accident or you’ve been involved in a car crash and you were not to blame, you may wish to claim road traffic accident compensation.
Call our Accident Advice Helpline team on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about car crash claims and to receive tailored advice from the personal injury claim experts.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice