Computer game to encourage safe towing
Produced by the University of Bath, the game has been included on a micro website launched by caravan manufacturer Bailey which sponsors towing research carried out by the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The game allows users to experiment with the positioning of different payload items within a caravan and learn how this can affect the overall stability rating.
Bailey’s sponsorship has allowed for the design and development of a sophisticated test trailer that has been used by stability experts to investigate how different aspects of a caravan affect the stability of a system.
The micro site explains factors that affect stability and the role the caravan owner plays in correct loading.
A Bailey spokesman said: “By adjusting the weight distribution on the trailer, the simulator shows how the stability of the same car and the same trailer carrying the same payload at the same speeds can be significantly altered.”
The site also includes a video demonstration given by Dr Jos Darling on stability using a scale model simulator at the recent International Caravan & Motorhome Show.
It can be accessed via www.towingstabilitystudies.co.uk