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1 July 2008

Autoglass warns of 'Caravanger' on the road this summer

As the busiest travel weekend of the summer approaches, Autoglass is warning motorists of a new stress-related phenomenon – Caravanger.

The condition is experienced by drivers stuck behind a slow moving caravan and, according to a poll by Autoglass, regularly affects two out of three motorists with men twice as likely to let their irritation get the better of them as women.

With more and more people trying to beat the credit crunch by holidaying in the UK this year, it is predicted that more caravans than ever will be on our roads. According to the Camping and Caravanning Club, the figure could be as high as one million over the coming weeks. As a result, Autoglass is expecting incidents of Caravanger to soar and is appealing to road users to remain calm.

To help reduce Caravanger-related problems, the company has also linked with the Camping and Caravanning Club to identify a top ten of potential hotspots where caravan flow will be higher then usual.
They are:

1. M6/A6 near Kendal
2. A27 near Chichester
3. A35 near Charmouth
4. A11 near Thetford Forest
5. M4 near Swindon
6. M6/A66 near Keswick
7. A69 around Haltwhistle
8. A494 near Bala, Wales
9. A12 near Lowestoft
10. A9 towards Inverness

Caravan drivers are required by law to drive 10mph slower than cars – which can be frustrating for other drivers, particularly in places where it is not possible to overtake. The research reveals that one in 20 (5%) drivers admits to overtaking caravans at an unsafe speed, with men twice as likely as women to risk such a dangerous manoeuvre.

Nev Ramsbottom, chairman of The Camping and Caravanning Club said: “Caravanners are some of the safest and spatially aware drivers, but they are restricted by law to travel below the national speed limit. It’s a shame that caravanners seem to bear the brunt of other drivers’ frustrations when they are just another holidaymaker trying to get to where they’re going.”

Nigel Doggett, managing director at Autoglass added: “High volumes of traffic, hot weather and long journeys can all contribute to drivers feeling stressed behind the wheel. We would advise people to plan in extra time for their trips to ease the frustration caused by caravans and other slow moving vehicles, and try to show some courtesy when overtaking. Resist the urge to see red and take unnecessary risks, and everyone can have a safe journey on the roads.”

Autoglass is committed to campaigns that help raise awareness for motorists about the importance of driving safely. With 109 branches nationwide and 1,300 mobile service units, Autoglass is the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service. For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 36 36 or visit www.Autoglass.co.uk.

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