Roads in the North of England are a definite hot-spot for accidents involving caravans, trailers and other towed vehicles, statistic figures reveal.
The majority of the 893 incidents happened during the spring and summer months, when holidaymakers hitch up their caravans to travel around the northern region of the UK.
The North of England had the second highest rate of accidents, behind the most popular holiday destination the South West.
Highways Agency officials are asking people to be more diligent when setting off on a caravan journey ahead of peak accident season, with a new campaign called Fit to Tow.
Highways Agency Service delivery manager Andy Withington said: “Over Easter many people will be hitching up their caravans and trailers for the first time since autumn, so we’re asking them to take time to ensure they’re fit to tow before going on the road.
“Incidents involving towed vehicles will always cause long delays for other road users as well as distress for anyone that is directly involved.”
In 2013, there were 5,480 incidents involving caravans and trailers on motorways and major A roads alone! More than 4,000 of these incidents ( almost 75% ) happened between April and September.
During autumn and winter, 1.4% of all incidents involved caravans and trailers. During spring and summer, this increases to 2.6%.
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