August 24, 2011 01:00 ET

Safeguards Bank Holiday Weekend Guide for Motorhome and Caravan Users

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2011) - With thousands of caravanners and motorhome owners planning to holiday in the UK this upcoming bank holiday weekend, Safeguard, the UK's leading provider of motorhome and caravan insurance is offering some tips to help make trips run smoothly.

As the Met Office promises sunshine, coastal and rural routes are preparing for an increase in traffic as it's typically one of the busiest periods on the roads. With numerous popular events taking place across the country the chances of congestion are high, so it's wise for holidaymakers to plan ahead before setting off.

Safeguard, that offers their customers caravan and motorhome insurance, suggest the following tips so they can try their best to avoid traffic and make the most out of the last bank holiday of the year.

Safeguard's top tips for a hassle free road trip:

  • Plan your route before you set off and have an alternative one in case of bad traffic - listen to regular traffic updates to avoid delays when possible.

  • Make sure you have more than enough fuel for your journey, in case you do get stuck in a bad traffic jam.

  • When driving on motorways, stick to the speed limit. Remember that when towing a caravan on motorways and dual carriageways the maximum speed limit is 60mph, and 50mph when on single carriageways.

  • Do a maintenance check on your motorhome or car and caravan before you head off. You will need to check things like lights, indicators, tyre pressure, and water and oil levels.

  • Always keep an emergency breakdown kit and first aid kit in your vehicle.

  • Take plenty of refreshments and take regular breaks.

Rita Sadler, Safeguard manager said, "Half an hour spent on getting your caravan or motorhome ready and planning your journey could save you a much longer delay from happening once you're on the road. Roads will be busy with fellow motorists so it's important to allow extra time for your journey."

Notes to editors:

  • Safeguard is the specialist Caravan and Motorhome division of Swinton Group Limited.
  • Safeguard has over 25 years specialist insurance experience and was recently voted 'Insurer of the Year' by one of the most popular motorhome magazines
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance retailer
  • Safeguard has an award winning website

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