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Licensing Requirements for Towing Trailers in Great Britain
This section contains information about changes in entitlement to tow trailers which were required by the Second EC Directive on the Driving Licence (91/439/EEC). These changes came into effect on 1 January 1997.
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Tyres are the only parts of the caravan which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact..

Make sure that the vehicle has a large enough engine and is sufficiently sized to pull the load and make sure also that the trailer is large and strong enough to hold the load.

The caravan Club recommends that the total weight of the trailer and load should not be greater than 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 petrol and 75kg (for the driver and luggage)

Also make sure that the braking system of the towing vehicle is adequate to stop the combined load efficiently and safely.

You can do this by making sure that the weight of the load does not exceed the maximum capacity of the trailer and the combined weight of trailer and load does not exceeed the maximum towing weight for the vehicle.

Amend your driving style to cope with the extra load. Don't forget that the vehicles handling and stopping capacity can be seriously changed when towing heavy loads.

Stopping distances are greater and acceleration will be slower
(So don't pull out in front of someone thinking you can just put your foot down)

The combined length of the vehicle and trailer is also much longer than normal so be careful when negotiating sharp bends.

The maximum towing capacity for a particular vehicle can be found in the owners handbook and/or on the chassis VIN plate.

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