Summer of Love – For Caravanning!

WITH the dark nights now upon us and winter just around the corner, many Brits already have one eye on next year’s summer holiday.

For most people this usually involves lying on a beach soaking up the sun in a foreign country – but now more and more of us are opting to holiday in the UK.

The British love affair for “staycations” and caravanning to explore the British Isles is increasing.

New figures released by the National Caravan Council (the NCC) and VisitEngland revealed holidaying at home became more popular in 2017.

Statistics showed the touring caravan industry manufactured 13.7% more vans in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.  And the number of motorhomes produced was up by 11.3% for the same period.

Between January and April 2017, Brits took a record 14.4 million staycations – a jump of 3% on last year.

VisitEngland added that Brits went on 44.7 million holiday trips in the England in 2016, 2% up on 2015.

A spokesman said almost a quarter of these holidays were taken in a caravan, motorhome or in a tent.

About 29.3 million of these holidays were short breaks lasting between one and three nights.

Brits are also using their caravans and motorhomes as alternative accommodation when travelling to festivals, gigs or sporting events.

And many want the reassurance of being a member of a club.

Membership to The Camping and Caravanning Club now stands at a record of 300,000 members,

Members’ benefits include access to over 100 UK sites and the club has already sold nearly 10% more pitch nights this year than in 2016.

The reason for this increase in holidaying at home could be because the value of the British Pound has plunged against the Euro, resulting in holidays abroad becoming more expensive.

But before heading off to the nearest showroom to buy a caravan, you need to ensure you’re legal allowed to tow it.

Check the date you passed your driving test.

If it’s before January 1, 1997, you are fine because the category B+E entitlement is automatically included on your licence.

But for those that passed after this date, only categories B and B1 are included, which limits the maximum weight of a vehicle you can drive to 3,500kg and trailer you can tow to 750kg.

To drive or tow anything larger, an additional driving test to add the B+E category to your licence is required.

Ben Shaw Training’s expert tuition can help drivers reach the standard required to pass the test. Or if you’re after a refresher course to brush up on your towing skills, we can help with that, too!

From one-to-one driving lessons and practical tuition by experienced instructors to advice on different licensing categories, we can do it all.

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