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Experts issue caravanning safety advice

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With spring finally starting to put in a belated appearance the nation's caravan owners have been issued with a set of tips to help them tour safely.

The National Caravan Council (NCC) has published the advice to help ensure those holidaying in the UK's estimated 500,000 touring caravans stay safe this spring and summer.

The council says drivers should consult their car's handbook or vehicle identification plate to check the maximum weight - gross train weight - it can tow.

With caravan tyres prone to wear regular checks should be carried out and replacements made within seven years of the manufacture date.

Meanwhile the NCC, which estimates 1.5 million Britons take caravan holidays each year, says drivers should make sure they have specialist touring caravan insurance.

Motorists should check their driving licence as the type and size of caravan that can be legally towed depends on how long it's been held. People who passed their driving test after 1 January 1997 may have to take an additional test to tow a caravan or drive a motorhome above a certain combined weight.

Towing equipment should also be checked, the NCC is reminding owners. Tow bars need to be type approved if a car was first used after 1 August 1998.

Car Care Tips  08/04/2013 14:00:00

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