AS CORNWALL'S holidaymakers snake back up the A0 this week, new CCTV footage of a caravan crashing off a dual carriageway shows the potential dangers of towing.
The caravan careers out of control, narrowly misses other traffic and collides with the safety barrier in the footage.
The Highways Agency is urging drivers to prepare caravans and trailers properly this Easter.
Last year the south west had the highest number of incidents involving caravans and trailers – 1019 in 2013.
Highways Agency service delivery manager Andy Withington said: “Spring and summer are the peak seasons for towing-related incidents on our roads.
“Over Easter many people will be hitching up their caravans and trailers for the first time since autumn so we’re asking them to take time to ensure they’re fit to tow before going on the road.”
The causes of towing incidents include overloading, a mismatch with the towing vehicle and tyres which have burst because they have not been checked.
The Highways Agency advises anyone towing this Easter to do a final maintenance check before setting off, check tyres’ condition and pressure and ensure loads are secure and well balanced.