Families heading out on caravan getaways this summer should ensure they tow their portable home safely to avoid any unexpected accidents.
First and foremost, check that the vehicle you are driving is legally allowed to have a caravan attached. This means looking at the weight of the unit being towed and making sure the load is distributed evenly.
"Towing adds extra train weight therefore braking will be affected, making braking distances longer," said Ian Hewlett, technical manager at Camping and Caravanning Club.
"Pulling away could be slower and acceleration during overtaking is effected as will going uphill."
As a result, always leave plenty of space for vehicles around you and make sure that you have a very clear run if you are overtaking another road user.
Remember also, if overtaking a lorry, that a caravan can be very susceptible to sideways turbulence, so be prepared when making the manoeuvre.
Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination when making a long journey, as it can be much slower when towing. In addition, avoid leaving at peak times, as excessive traffic can make travelling that bit more precarious.