January 09, 2011 19:00 ET

Safeguard's Top Touring Tips to Save Money

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2011) - With the Christmas holidays over, a survey by Safeguard reveals 53% of caravanners are worrying about the weight of their wallets and are struggling to fund this Christmas.

The survey of 1200 respondents conducted online by Safeguard, a leading provider of caravan insurance, revealed that 57% of caravanners are tightening their purse strings after Christmas and are on the lookout for money saving tips. 

Safeguard has come up with some touring saving advice for those thinking of going away after this holiday season:

  1. If you don't plan, you plan to fail – Always plan your journey carefully and take a sat nav and a map to ensure you take the best route possible and don't waste fuel.
  2. Maximise MPG – Only carry essential items in your van load, anything you don't think you will use don't take so not to waste fuel.
  3. Shop in a supermarket – fill up with food before you go, as local shops in holiday destinations tend to be more expensive.
  4. Look after your pride and joy - maintain the essentials, check water, oil and tyre pressures regularly to avoid a costly breakdown.
  5. Keep speeds down – this increases fuel economy.
  6. Choose campsite carefully – prices can vary hugely depending on location and amenities.
  7. Make the most from site amenities – rather than use on-board facilities use those provided, you've paid for them.
  8. Take your bikes or walk – costs less than driving your van.

Rita Sadler, head of Safeguard UK said, "It's important that in these hard economic times caravanners still go away when they can, and by following these tips, going away after Christmas is a more accessible option."

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 over 600 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance retailer

Safeguard has an award winning website www.safeguarduk.co.uk

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