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Make sure you are fit to tow by following advice from the Highways Agency. Find out how to prepare your vehicle, drive safely and check that you have the right insurance.
Always check the manufacturer's advice about the maximum weight your trailer can carry.
Before you set off make sure you:
Check whether your motoring organisation will recover both your vehicle and what you are towing, if you break down. This isn’t usually the case with standard trailer cover, so you may need specialist breakdown cover. Without this, it may take longer and cost extra to get your trailer or caravan towed off the road.
Make sure your caravan or trailer is properly serviced and fit to be on the road. This is especially important if it’s left standing for most of the year.
Before you set off, check that the:
If your caravan has a coupling with internal friction pads, such as an Al-Ko stabiliser, make sure that the towball is clean, dry and free of grease.
Finally, always check that you have attached the trailer or caravan securely to the vehicle and that weight is distributed as advised by the manufacturer.
A breakaway cable is a thin cable that will pull on the brakes of a braked trailer. On an unbraked trailer, use a short strong cable or chain to keep the trailer attached to your car. The cable will prevent the nose of the trailer from touching the ground if it’s separated from the car.
Just in case you break down, it's a good idea to carry:
Remember that when towing a loaded caravan, horsebox or trailer:
Reversing may be particularly difficult, so it's best to practise before you set off. Always:
Always stick to the following limits:
On the motorway
Remember, on the motorway you must not:
Parking carefully is as important as driving carefully. For example: