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One in 10 caravan owners admits to illegal driving practice

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New research by insurer, Ripe Caravan Insurance, found that 10% of the 508 caravan owners it surveyed have admitted to having previously driven with a child in the caravan, and 12% have done so with an adult in the back

In the UK, it is against the law to carry passengers in a caravan while it’s being towed. Those found guilty of doing so risk a £2,500 fine, three points on their licence or even a driving ban.

The research also highlights a lack of understanding around the laws around towing, with just 23% of respondents aware that carrying an adult in the caravan while towing is illegal, and 11% realising the same applied to children.

John Woosey, Founder of Ripe Caravan Insurance, says,

 

While it may be tempting to let passengers ride in your caravan while towing it on the road, it’s important to remember that caravans are not designed to be crash-proof, so the person is likely to suffer serious injury in the event of a collision.

Aside from the safety implications, a possible fine of £2,500, points and a driving ban is certainly not worth running the risk. We strongly advise all caravanners to read up on the regulations before hitting the road, to avoid potentially ruining a well-deserved trip away.


 

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