IAM calls for patience with caravanners

7th August 2012

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has urged drivers to exhibit care and consideration when driving alongside caravanners.

This advice comes as families up and down the country prepare to hit the road as part of a summer holiday on the British Isles.

Over the past couple of years, the UK has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of people choosing to enjoy a "staycation" rather than a trip abroad.

And while checking your vehicles brakes, tyres and general engine health is all sound advice, the IAM believes that once you hit the road, staying aware of other drivers is crucial.

This is particularly true of caravans, which while at times slower, must be given the same level of respect as any other road user.

As IAM head of policy Tim Shallcross explains, when coming across someone towing a caravan, care is needed.

"In general don’t try to push past them," he said.

"You can cause caravanners problems if you cut in front of them because they have to swerve or break violently. So a bit of sensible good manners on the part of all motorists goes a long way."

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