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Check it before towing!

There are around 4,000 incidents involving trailers on our roads every year, which has prompted Highways England to issue towing advice.

With the summer holidays coming to an end and millions of people travelling back home, it is essential that all necessary checks are done when towing a trailer or caravan. 

What causes towing incidents?

Many towing incidents were caused by some of the following factors:

  • Poorly loaded trailers and caravans
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Trailer and load too heavy for the vehicle’s towing capacity
  • Driving too fast
  • Serious crosswinds
  • Breakaway cable not attached correctly

How to avoid towing incidents

Here are some checks that can be done before towing, to try and help prevent any kind of accident caused by towing from the chair of the national towing working group at Highways England:

  • Make sure the towing vehicle can carry the caravan or trailer load and check that the nose weight is sufficient
  • Choose a car and caravan/trailer with stability aids
  • Drive within the speed limits for towing and take care when going downhill
  • Reduce speed in high winds or rain
  • If instability occurs, do not brake, but ease off the accelerator and allow the speed to drop. Do not try to accelerate
  • Following an instability scare, check all possible contributory factors and address any issues

The following article also gives some advice on how to tow safely -