Whether you’re planning to pull a caravan, a trailer, a horse box, a boat or anything else, you need to do it safely and legally. Our guide to towing gives you all the information you need to get started and ensure your towing experience goes smoothly.
OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF EXPLORATION AND PRACTICALITY
It’s almost always necessary to do your homework before setting off to tow something. You must ensure your vehicle is up to the task, know the law and how not to break it and take the time to practice driving with your load.
GETTING STARTED WITH TOWING
Ensure your vehicle can handle the trailer. Every vehicle has a towing capacity that you must not exceed.
Check the Gross Trailer Weight (that’s the trailer + the load) against the manufacturer’s stated Maximum Towing Capacity for your vehicle.
The engine of your vehicle also needs to be powerful enough to cope with the extra load, particularly when climbing hills
INFORMATION ON DRIVING WHILST TOWING TAKE SOME TIME TO CHECK OUT TOWING ON SHORTER JOURNEYS
Pulling a load inevitably impacts on the performance of your vehicle. Stopping distances increase, cornering and manoeuvres take longer and require extra care. Being familiar with how your vehicle behaves when towing is really worth the time and effort.
Environmental factors can impact on the driving experience much more noticeably, particularly strong cross-winds. Take note of the weather forecast and be just that little bit more careful.
Reversing can be tricky when your towing. Our reversing guide aims to give you the main points your should be aware of when you need to reverse your towing vehicle.
If you get stuck in an awkward position such as the trailer bumping into the curb, the best thing to do is pull forward, don’t keep reversing!
In a standard UK right-hand drive vehicle, reversing to the right is easier than to the left because you do not need to look across the passenger seat so whenever you can, reverse to the right.
The 85% rule
In addition to the manufacturer’s stated Max. Towing Capacity figures it is recommended that the weight to be towed should not exceed 85% of the "kerb weight" of the towing vehicle. The "kerb weight" is defined as the weight of the vehicle plus a full tank of fuel and 75kg.