Towing your caravan can be a challenge at the best of times but adding wet and windy weather conditions on top of that makes it even more difficult. We are prone to wet and windy weather conditions here in the UK, so it’s best to be prepared for these circumstances which is exactly what we’re here to do today.
Here are our top tips for towing in wet and windy weather:
Check your car and caravan condition
This should be done before any trip on the road but especially so when the weather condition is bad. The tyres on both your car and caravan need to be correctly inflated and well beneath the tread limit, otherwise, this will affect the tyre’s performance in wet weather.
You should also look at topping up your screen wash and make sure your blades are working properly so that your screen doesn’t end up smeared on the road.
Stopping distances increase dramatically when the weather is wet and rainy, so make sure you leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. Plus, if you are driving slowly, you are less likely to experience hydroplaning.
Watch the weight
You want your vehicle to be as stable as possible when winds are high, so make sure you load your caravan carefully and distribute the equipment equally. You should keep any heavy items in the caravan low down and close to the axle.
If you should end up stuck, an emergency kit will be essential so you should pack one before your trip. Your emergency kit should include blankets, hi-vis jackets, boots, torches, shovels, ice scrapers, a warning triangle, a mobile phone charger, water and snacks.
Prevent if you can
Prevention is better than cure, so the best thing to do is to keep an eye on the weather forecast for when you are planning to go away. When booking a trip, consider the time of year that you are planning to go on a trip. For example, if you are looking to go away between January and March – you’re likely to face some bad weather conditions, so it’s best to prepare yourself for this beforehand and book accordingly.
When the weather is poor, the roads become more dangerous for caravans and the elements that can damage your caravan become less avoidable. Roads will be muddier, dirtier and are therefore more likely to cause some expensive damage to your caravan. You can prevent this however with our towing jacket, which will keep your caravan safe whilst you are heading to your caravan destination.
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