CCTV footage showing the potential dangers of towing caravans and trailers has been released as a warning to drivers heading off for the Easter break.
The Highways Agency said there were 893 accidents across the North East and Yorkshire last year which involving caravans, trailers and other towed vehicles.
The footage shows a caravan snaking out of control, narrowly missing other traffic on the M1 before overturning and colliding with the safety barrier.
Andy Withington, Highways Agency service delivery manager, said: “Spring and summer are the peak seasons for towing-related incidents on our roads. “Over Easter many people will be hitching up their caravans and trailers for the first time since autumn, so we’re asking them to take time to ensure they’re fit to tow before going on the road.
“Incidents involving towed vehicles can cause long delays for other road users as well as distress for anyone directly involved.
“Although high speed incidents involving towing can be serious, the majority of problems we see on our roads are breakdowns – which can be avoided with routine checks and maintenance.”