Bryony Symes
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A new weighbridges app has just been launched to help you keep your motorhome or caravan road-legal.

A new weighbridges app has just been launched to help you keep your motorhome or caravan road-legal.

 

Traffic Media UK launches an app to benefit all road users, providing details on over 500 weighbridges in the UK.

 

The new app, Weighbridges for iOS, will provide the first mobile phone guide to weighbridges in the UK.

 

It uses the mapping and GPS features of the iPhone to locate the closest public weighbridge.

 

UK motorcaravaners and caravanners will find this an invaluable service, as it is important to ensure that the vehicle stays within the legal weight limit, whether you are driving a well-loaded motorhome or towing a caravan stacked up with the full kit you need for a family.

 

Knowing the weight of your vehicle will also help to understand the towing and handling capability of your vehicle, making it easier and more enjoyable to drive.

 

Save fuel

It also has an impact on your fuel economy, with heavy tows using more fuel. The heavier your ‘van, the more wear and tear you will have, especially on tyres of the motorhome, or a tow car and caravan. To reduce the upkeep costs, it could be very useful to keep an eye on the weight.

 

This new app can tell you where over 500 weighbridges are, many of which provide free weighing. It will tell you the location, opening times, contact details and the weighbridge capacity and size.

 

The search can be either by name of facility, location or distance from your location and are displayed on the iPhone’s integrated map to make it easy to work out your route.

 

To make it even more user-friendly, one-touch dialling can be used to call ahead for advanced booking or to check the services offered.

 

As more weighbridge owners register their details, the number of facilities will grow.

 

The app is part of the Traffic Media UK series of solutions, which is developing a comprehensive suite of traffic apps for road-users in the UK.

 

 

Bryony Symes

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