Southbound M3 brought to standstill in Hampshire by overturned caravan

Daily Echo: The overturned caravan. The overturned caravan.

A BUSY Hampshire motorway has come to a standstill this afternoon after a caravan overturned.

It blocked both lanes on the southbound M3 between the Winchester services and junction nine at Winnall.

The incident happened just before 5pm bringing vehicles to a halt and causing long delays.

Police quickly arrived at the scene and opened one of the lanes.

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10:14pm Sat 3 May 14

newsknight says...

Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?
Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue? newsknight
  • Score: 2

12:43am Sun 4 May 14

Stubs says...

Towing a caravan with such a small car is a disaster waiting to happen.
Towing a caravan with such a small car is a disaster waiting to happen. Stubs
  • Score: -6

3:18am Sun 4 May 14

dolomiteman says...

newsknight wrote:
Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?
Firstly a single axle caravan will be well within the weight limits of what that car can tow (1700kg) and second if the car brakes the caravan also brakes due to the braking system on the caravan.
Where in the report does it state that the car or the caravan was the cause of the incident?
[quote][p][bold]newsknight[/bold] wrote: Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?[/p][/quote]Firstly a single axle caravan will be well within the weight limits of what that car can tow (1700kg) and second if the car brakes the caravan also brakes due to the braking system on the caravan. Where in the report does it state that the car or the caravan was the cause of the incident? dolomiteman
  • Score: 13

3:21am Sun 4 May 14

dolomiteman says...

Stubs wrote:
Towing a caravan with such a small car is a disaster waiting to happen.
Vauxhall Vectra estate, hardly a small car is it?

Meanwhile thousands of caravans get towed every year without incident.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: Towing a caravan with such a small car is a disaster waiting to happen.[/p][/quote]Vauxhall Vectra estate, hardly a small car is it? Meanwhile thousands of caravans get towed every year without incident. dolomiteman
  • Score: 14

9:14am Sun 4 May 14

andysaints007 says...

newsknight wrote:
Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?
PRATT
[quote][p][bold]newsknight[/bold] wrote: Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?[/p][/quote]PRATT andysaints007
  • Score: 0

3:56pm Sun 4 May 14

southamptonadi says...

newsknight wrote:
Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?
No clue, a lorry is much heavier than its cab do you feel they are unsafe.

Any vehicle with a trailer May jackknife under heavy braking or when it starts snaking,

I've seen a discovery jackknife on he M3 with a small caravan on. They are pretty heavy.

In your suggestion how do people with tow bars but no caravan get an mot
[quote][p][bold]newsknight[/bold] wrote: Sincerely hope the occupants of the car are ok. However, look at what you are expecting your car to tow ... it is ridiculous to think this is safe, hit the brakes too hard and the car cannot possibly hold the weight of such a huge caravan. Why on earth there are not more checks I cannot fathom - hence this scenario will repeat itself each time that someone hitches up and drives away with a metal box in tow where no mot on the caravan is required ... perhaps mot with caravan should be enforced for those who have a tow bar and continue to assume the weight is not an issue?[/p][/quote]No clue, a lorry is much heavier than its cab do you feel they are unsafe. Any vehicle with a trailer May jackknife under heavy braking or when it starts snaking, I've seen a discovery jackknife on he M3 with a small caravan on. They are pretty heavy. In your suggestion how do people with tow bars but no caravan get an mot southamptonadi
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Sun 4 May 14

espanuel says...

In Spain, if you have a tow bar fitted to any vehicle then that comes in with the (IVT) MOT. If you tow a caravan on Spanish plates then that comes into the (IVT) MOT and it has to be insured.
In Spain, if you have a tow bar fitted to any vehicle then that comes in with the (IVT) MOT. If you tow a caravan on Spanish plates then that comes into the (IVT) MOT and it has to be insured. espanuel
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Sun 4 May 14

Stubs says...

A pathetic size car towing a caravan the size of a lorry. Yep this is what happens.
A pathetic size car towing a caravan the size of a lorry. Yep this is what happens. Stubs
  • Score: -5

2:10am Tue 6 May 14

dolomiteman says...

Stubs wrote:
A pathetic size car towing a caravan the size of a lorry. Yep this is what happens.
Another clueless commenter.
That caravan is no where near the size of a lorry and it is not the size but the weights that matters when towing.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: A pathetic size car towing a caravan the size of a lorry. Yep this is what happens.[/p][/quote]Another clueless commenter. That caravan is no where near the size of a lorry and it is not the size but the weights that matters when towing. dolomiteman
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Tue 6 May 14

Stubs says...

dolomiteman wrote:
Stubs wrote:
A pathetic size car towing a caravan the size of a lorry. Yep this is what happens.
Another clueless commenter.
That caravan is no where near the size of a lorry and it is not the size but the weights that matters when towing.
Are you blind or something. Look at the size of it.
[quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: A pathetic size car towing a caravan the size of a lorry. Yep this is what happens.[/p][/quote]Another clueless commenter. That caravan is no where near the size of a lorry and it is not the size but the weights that matters when towing.[/p][/quote]Are you blind or something. Look at the size of it. Stubs
  • Score: 0

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