I blogged back in August about the seemingly low average speeds we were attaining while towing our caravan. It begged the question that perhaps my expectations of shorter journey times were unrealistic?
Our extended tours to the west and north of England in September and October allowed me to gather more information from the By Miles insurance App on my iPhone. This App accesses the cars record of each journey make, and allows my insurance company to bill me each month, it also records the mileage, duration, average and top speed of each journey. It considers a journey to commence from the moment the engine is turned on until it is switched off.
It’s worth noting that the highest legal average speed that I can hope to achieve in the UK whilst towing is 60mph although that would be all but impossible on a public road.
The type of road being traversed as well as traffic conditions obviously also play a big part in journey times, there is little opportunity for overtaking to improve progress when one is pulling a one and a half tonne caravan except perhaps occasionally on dual-carriageway roads or motorways.
I try and observe speed limits and generally also try to drive as quickly as conditions allow but acceleration and braking distances are obviously extended a little when towing.
I’ve listed details of a few of the recent typical towing journeys that we have made in the table below:
|From / To||Mileage||Minutes||Max Speed||Ave Speed|
|PE6 to NN8||50||94||60||32||Mainly trunk roads|
|NN8 to NN12||20||34||60||35||Dual Carriageway|
|NN12 to OX15||30||74||58||24||Single main roads|
|OX15 to GL54||37||98||52||22||Single main roads + 30 min hold up|
|GL54 to GL11||36||68||59||33||Mixed single & duel main roads|
|G11 to WR11||46||84||61||33||Mixed single & duel main roads|
|WR11 to NN11||36||72||58||30||Mixed single & duel main roads|
|NN11 to NN18||46||83||61||33||Mixed single & duel main roads|
|NN18 to PE6||41||70||57||35||Mixed single & duel main roads|
|PE6 to DN10||86||158||58||32||Single main roads|
|DN10 to HG3||66||110||60||27||Single main roads|
|HG3 to YO18||106||263||60||24||Heavy Friday traffic|
|YO18 to DH7||62||131||61||28||Mixed + road works|
|DH7 to NE67||68||123||60||34||Mostly on A1|
The information that can be gleaned from the above is that for clear motorway and duel-carriageways with a mix of lesser roads I can expect to average about 35 mph but this drops to close to 32 mph for mixed main roads and drops further to about 27 mph for single lane country roads. It also tells me to avoid peak time towing and roadworks wherever possible.
Occasionally, where most of the route is on motorways, it is possible to achieve something close to a 50 mph average as described in a previous blog. I now feel better prepared for route planning and expectations of journey times.