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Q:

Tips for towing

A:

Speed limits:

Always keep to the legal speed limit for the road you are using.
Speed limits for cars towing caravans or trailers:

  • 30mph limit applies on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.
  • 50mph applies on single carriageways unless signs show otherwise.
  • 60mph applies on dual carriageways and motorways.

It should be remembered that you must not travel in the outside lane of a motorway, with three lanes or more, if you are driving a vehicle towing a trailer.

Drive within your outfit's capabilities:

  • Always drive at a speed that is well within your capabilities, and to the road and weather conditions that prevail at the time.
  • If your trailer begins to snake or swerve, ease off the accelerator and reduce speed gently. (This can happen if you are driving too fast or the load in the trailer is wrongly positioned).
  • Do not brake sharply on a bend, (this could cause a possible jack-knife situation). Reduce speed before the bend and take the appropriate gear for the speed you are doing. Then gently accelerate out of the bend.

Reversing with a trailer

  • Before reversing, get out of the vehicle and check that all is clear to the rear before making the manoeuvre.
  • Be on the look out for children and pedestrians. If possible, get someone to watch while the manoeuvre is made.