THURLBY Motors in Louth is encouraging new ‘towers’ to take care and ensure they know what they’re doing before they take to the roads.
The call comes following research conducted by Nissan revealed that four out of ten ‘towers’ have had no formal training or advice before they take to the road.
Supporting experts at the Institute of Advanced Motorists who are backing the Nissan Safe Towing campaign, the Grimsby Road dealership is inviting motorists to visit the dealership and learn more about the practicalities of towing a vehicle.
Available to all novice and established towers is a complimentary 19-page guide to safe towing, providing informative advice on vehicle hitching, torque and manoeuvring.
What’s more, the dealership is offering a free towing course with all purchases of a Nissan X-Trail and Pathfinder made before September 30.
The Nissan study of more than 3,000 adults revealed that the caravanning holiday is coming back in a big way, with one in five Brits planning a caravan or camping holiday this year.
One in five of these have only taken up the pastime in the last six months.
One of the biggest areas of concern for new ‘towers’ is their lack of knowledge on the towing capabilities of their vehicle, resulting in drivers buying and renting caravans their car doesn’t have the sufficient power and torque to tow.
Risks are heightened by the pressures ‘towers’ face from other road users.
Over 40 per cent of those interviewed admit to having felt forced to take risks.
Almost a quarter said they have had to speed up after being tailgated.
More than one in ten have had to brake heavily.
A further one in ten had to swerve due to other drivers’ lack of consideration.
Speaking on the research findings Tim Shallcross, Head of Technical Policy at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “With more ‘towers’ than ever hitting the roads this summer, it is essential drivers are up to speed with road safety.
“The results of the Nissan research highlight a key knowledge gap in towing legislation and safety guidelines. We encourage new and experienced ‘towers’ to ensure they are correctly informed as to their vehicle’s towing capabilities and to follow essential safety guidelines which can be found on the Nissan website.”
Dealer Principal, Chris Roberts added: “Choosing the right towing vehicle is fundamental to an enjoyable and safe towing experience. The most common error made by towers is in hitching overbearing loads. This is both illegal and dangerous.
“Vehicles like the Nissan X-Trail deliver powerful torque which benefits drivers with maximum pulling power at low engine speeds and requires fewer gear shifts. This is of vital assistance to new ‘towers’ offering greater manoeuvrability and overall control, especially in water-logged fields as many holiday makers have been experiencing.
“We look forward to inviting Louth motorists to the dealership to learn more about the key safety guidelines surrounding towing.”