Caravanning is already big business in the UK and is increasingly appealing to cash-conscious, family-focused holidaymakers. More than two million people take holidays in caravans or motorhomes each year in the UK and caravan sales increased by a massive 17 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the National Caravan Council.

With a warm summer already underway and more good weather due, it’s time to hitch up, avoid the airline chaos and hit the road with your second home.

“It’s great to see a resurgence in the popularity of caravans,” says Gary Clark, Westover Kia’s Brand Manager. “Towing a caravan means you have a ‘home away from home’ and makes for a great value, fun-packed family holiday.”

With thousands more Britons towing, Westover Kia has some top tips for anyone new to towing:

  • First things first. Before you rent or buy a caravan, check that you’re legally allowed to tow. Whether you passed your driving test before or after 1st January 1997 makes a big difference and you may find you need to take an additional test. Details are on the Camping and Caravanning Club website.
  • Know your limits. Remember that speed limits are different if you’re towing a caravan – 60mph on the motorway and 50mph on most main roads.
  • Check you have a clear view in your wing mirrors before you leave home. You may need mirror extensions so that you can see past the caravan.
  • Remember that you won’t be able to stop as quickly as usual because of the additional weight. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front.
  • Think about your position on the road - most caravans will be wider than the car towing them, so you’ll need to alter your path accordingly.
  • Don’t forget your additional width when turning corners or pulling up alongside kerbs, shop signs and fuel pumps!
  • Be careful when overtaking - your car’s acceleration won’t be quite what you’re used to.
  • Approach hills with caution too and select a lower gear in plenty of time, whether you’re going uphill or down. You’ll need extra power to shift your additional weight on the way up, and extra engine braking capability on the way down to reduce the strain on the car’s brakes.
  • Finally, for a stress-free start to your summer holiday make sure you have a practice drive before the day of departure arrives so that you can iron out any teething problems. You’ll have a very bad-tempered family on board if the allotted departure time slips due to a technical hitch!

Westover Kia can fit tow bars and carry out pre-holiday services on Kia vehicles, as well as every other make and model.

To find out more, please contact Westover’s Kia teams in Ferndown or Salisbury.

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