Learn how to tow and load vehicles
The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading
for everyone who drives.
Vehicle towing and loading. As a driver
- you MUST NOT tow more than your licence permits.
If you passed a car test after 1 Jan 1997 you are restricted on the weight of
trailer you can tow
- you MUST NOT overload your vehicle or trailer.
You should not tow a weight greater than that recommended by the manufacturer of
- you MUST secure your load and it MUST NOT stick out dangerously.
Make sure any heavy or sharp objects and any animals are secured safely.
If there is a collision, they might hit someone inside the vehicle and
cause serious injury
- you should properly distribute the weight in your caravan or trailer with
heavy items mainly over the axle(s) and ensure a downward load on the tow
Manufacturer’s recommended weight and tow ball load should not be
This should avoid the possibility of swerving or snaking and going out of
If this does happen, ease off the accelerator and reduce speed gently to
- carrying a load or pulling a trailer may require you to adjust the headlights
- in the event of a breakdown, be aware that towing a vehicle on a tow rope is
You should consider professional recovery.
Laws CUR reg 100 & MV(DL)R reg 43