The Snaking Effect

The Snaking Effect  

Caravans and trailers can be subject to lateral movements due to a range of different circumstances, such as high winds and difficult weather conditions, buffeting from other vehicles using the roads or even having to take evasive manoeuvres to miss an animal that has suddenly appeared in the road ahead.

The snaking effect, where the caravan or trailer is swinging from side to side behind the tow vehicle, can occur in these situations. Sometimes the movement of the trailer is so slight that it can recover itself, however when the movement becomes greater, it is more difficult to overcome and can be a very frightening experience for the occupants of the tow vehicle.

Other factors that can cause varying levels of snaking to occur are issues such as overloaded vehicles, incorrect nose load, too much speed, incorrect tyre pressures and erratic driving.

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