A GUIDE TO SAFE AND LEGAL TOWING  

Speed limits while towing


SPEED LIMITS

On roads outside built-up areas the speed limits for cars towing caravans or trailers, buses, coaches, minibuses and goods vehicles are lower than the speed limits for cars and motorbikes. These lower speed limits are not displayed separately; drivers need to learn them.

The speed limit is the absolute maximum; it does not mean it is safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.

Type of vehicle Built-up areas
mph
(km/h)
Single carriageways
mph
(km/h)
Dual carriageways
mph
(km/h)
Motorways
mph
(km/h)
Cars and vehicles
(including car-derived vans up to 2 tonnes max laden weight)
30 (48) 60 (96) 70 (112) 70 (112)
Cars towing caravans or trailers
(including car-derived vans and motorcycles)
30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 60 (96)


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