Preparing to Tow a Trailer

Whether you have horses that you want to move, plan on touring with your caravan, or need the extra space that a trailer offers for work purposes, before you start towing, it is important to be safe on the road, both for yourself and for others.

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First of all, you need to make sure that your trailer is suitable to be used on the road. If it is unsafe, then you may be able to get it repaired, or if you are handy and capable of doing so, you can order trailer parts online from somewhere like this trailer parts company https://autoandtrailer and do the repairs yourself. Check your trailer regularly for signs of damage to ensure that it is suitable for use.

You also need to be able to pull the trailer safely. If you have not had much, or any experience of towing a trailer, then having lessons is the best thing to do. As well as teaching you how to be safe when you are driving, the instructor will also be able to teach you other skills, such as reversing and parking with your trailer attached – something that you will find useful when you come to use it!

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You also need to be aware of the weight that your car can tow. Cars will have a maximum weight that they are able to tow, and this information can be found in the manual for your car. You also need to check the weight that you are allowed to tow on your driving licence (this is a rule that changed from 1997, so do check this if you are in doubt).

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