December 18, 2012 10:40 ET

Caravan Towing in Ice and Snow

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2012) - Caravanning out of season can bring lots of new adventures but also some risks, most notably the harsher weather. Long range forecasts are already predicting the coldest winter for 100 years with temperatures as low as minus 20 expected in some rural areas and gale force winds up to 80mph.

Safeguard, a leading provider of caravan and motorhome insurance surveyed its customers and found that one in ten will still embark on a winter caravan holiday this year despite the possibility of bad weather.

While the most sensible bit of advice regarding towing in snow and ice is don't do it, there may be occasions when a 'vanner is caught in an unexpected blizzard. If this does happen, Safeguard has put together some tips for towing in snow and ice:

  • Plan ahead and stick to major roads that are more likely to be gritted

  • Avoid sharp bends and hills as these are the most dangerous parts of the road in icy conditions

  • Keep speed slow and steady which will increase braking time

  • Place fluorescent stickers on the side of the caravan as the white outline can be difficult to spot in snow

Andy Leech, head of Safeguard said, "While it's great to get away during the off-peak season, the weather can be a bit more extreme and unpredictable. 'Vanners should not tow in ice and snow unless absolutely necessary as it can be very easy to lose control of vehicles, particularly when towing a heavy caravan."

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