What You Need To Know Before Towing

Take a look at some of the legal requirements you must adhere to when towing your caravan…

  • All passengers must travel in the car and cannot travel in the caravan that you are towing.
  • Your car’s registration plate must be visible at the rear of your caravan.
  • The UK speed limit when towing a caravan is 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a dual carriageway.
  • If you passed your test before 1st January 1997 you can tow caravans until your license expires. You are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg Gross Train Weight (GTW). This does cover most large cars/ 4x4 towing caravans and most sizeable motorhomes, if you are unsure of weight of your combination check here.
  • If you passed your test after 1st January 1997 you can drive a motor vehicle and tow a trailer provided the combined gross weights (Gross Train Weight (GTW) does not exceed 3,500kg. If you do wish to tow a combination with a combined weight greater than 3500kgs then you would need to gain entitlement to Category B+E more information on this here.
  • The lights at the rear of your caravan must work and function accordingly to the instruction given by the driver, we recommend you check these before every journey. These must be clearly visible.
  • Check the caravan tyres and car tyres are all inflated to the recommended limit before you begin your towing journey. We would also recommend inspecting them for cracks, cuts and bulges.

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