Road safety of motor caravans and passenger car-caravan-combinations still excellent

The accident figures of passenger car-caravan combina-tions and motor caravans have been analysed on an annual basis by the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) since 1997. Similar to previous years, these figures tend to be very low in number. They offer impressive proof that leisure vehicles and their drivers are among the safest participants in road trafic. Of the 467,564 motor vehicle accidents causing injuries in 2016, 839 involved motor caravans and 212 were attributed to passenger car-caravan combinations. A look at the effects of the accidents demonstrates the significantly higher road safety of leisure vehicles, even compared to the passenger car. Of the 2,300 fatally injured drivers and occupants in 2016, seven were motor caravan occupants. A total of two fatally injured persons were involved in a passenger car-caravan combination. In relation to a total number of 100,000 vehicles in use, this means that accidents resulted in the deaths of 3.4 persons on average in passenger cars, 1.7 persons in motor caravans and 0.3 persons in vehicle-caravan combinations. The situation is similar for slightly or seriously injured passengers. While 493 vehicle occupants per 100,000 registered passenger cars were involved in an accident, this number falls to 100 for motor caravans and 20 for passenger car-caravan combinations. Motor caravans can be classified as extremely safe, both in terms of the absolute number of accidents as well as accident risks related to driving performance. A comparison shows 256 accidents with personal injuries per billion kilometres driven for motor caravans, versus 519 personal injuries per billion kilometres driven in the case of passenger cars.