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Tips for driving with your caravan & camper van

The summer feels like it is almost around the corner and it's time to get the caravans and camper vans onto the roads and off on holiday. There are a few things that you have to remember when you are packing up to go away and this applies if you are driving a camper van, towing a caravan or simply getting in the car.

If it is the first trip out in your camper van or caravan, apart from remembering the essential supplies (like matches and loo roll), you need to check the tyres. If any vehicle stands for a long time, then the pressure inside the tyre will reduce- running on underinflated tyres, affects the handling and the rigidity of the tyre- increasing the possibility of a blow out. Who wants to be that person on the side of the road trying to change a tyre?!

Once you have checked the pressure you need to check for damage to the sidewall, making sure that there is no damage. It is particularly important to check that the side wall isn’t cracked and any tyres that are stored near the coast are at increased risk of the rubber cracking due to the increased salt in the air.

Remember it isn’t only the tyres on your caravan that you need to check. You also have the check the tyres on your car as well and we'd recommend that you do this every month.  When heading out on holiday, you possibly will need to increase the pressure in the tyres if the car is going to be fully loaded.

Last and not least you should also check the tread depth on your tyres.  It is not worth running the risk of bald tyres; they are the only thing on your car that maintains the contact with the road. If you are in doubt have a look at the 20p test.  It is a quick and effective test to check the depth remaining on your tyres.

At this time of year, and any time of year, if you would like any more advice or if you are not sure about checking your tyres, anyone of our fitting partners will be happy to help.

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