The Highways Agency has launched a new DVD entitled Fit to Tow, presented by Carol Smillie.

The DVD was launched this week at the National Boat, Caravan& Outdoor Show 2008 and has been created to raise awareness of the safety risks involved when towing a caravan or trailer, to ensure that motorists are towing safely.

Latest annual statistics show that incidents involving towed vehicles accounted for 43 deaths and 1400 casualties on England’s roads in 2006.

The new DVD, developed by the Highways Agency, contains practical demonstrations on how to prepare your trailer or caravan safely for a journey as well as information on speed limits, licensing and break down recovery.

Presenter, Carol Smillie, said: "I was amazed when I discovered just how many towing-related incidents occurred on England's roads and how many fatalities and injuries resulted from them, not to mention the disruption they can cause. I was really pleased when the Highways Agency approached me to present this helpful DVD. I fully support this initiative and I would advise anyone who tows to follow the simple, practical checks and advice included in the film to ensure you are Fit to Tow."

The National Boat, Caravan & Outdoor Show 2008 isheld at the NEC from 19 to 24 February.

The DVD will be made available to Police Forces, Fire and Rescue Services, Local Safety Partnerships and other bodies involved in road safety education as part of the Highways Agency Safety Action Tool Kit.

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Stephen Jury


February 20, 2008