What are the towing laws in UK?
If you passed your car driving test from 19 January 2013, you were allowed to drive either of the following: a car or van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (up to 4,250kg in total) a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.
Can I tow a caravan with my car?
If the mass of the caravan is 85% or less of the car’s kerbweight, the car will tow it with ease. If it’s between 85% and 100%, be careful – only experienced caravanners should use that car to tow such a heavy van.
Do you need insurance to tow a trailer UK?
Car insurance is a legal requirement, but insurance for a towed unit isn’t mandatory. However, if you have an accident as a result of towing your caravan or trailer, it can be very costly if you’re not insured. To make sure you’re covered look in to getting your caravan insured separately.
How do I know if my car can tow a caravan?
The thing you must bear in mind is that your car can tow a caravan if the mass of the caravan is 85% or less of your car’s overall curb weight. You can find out your car’s curb weight the the manufacturer’s guide that comes with your car. This will help you work out your car’s towing capability.
Do I need a licence to tow a caravan?
There is no special caravan licence or trailer licence needed for towing; it all depends on how heavy the load is that you want to tow. If it is heavy, you may need to upgrade your licence by taking a driving test for the correct category.
Is it illegal to tow a car UK?
You can tow trailers up to a certain weight with your car driving licence. The weight you’re allowed to tow depends on when you got your licence. You’ll need to know the weight of both the vehicle and trailer – also known as the ‘maximum authorised mass’ ( MAM ).
What size caravan can I tow with my car?
If the maximum mass of the caravan is 85% or less than the total kerb weight of the car, the car will tow the caravan easily. If the maximum mass is between 85%-100% of the car’s kerb weight, this could be potentially more difficult to tow, and should really only be done my experienced caravanners.
Can a 1.2 car tow a caravan?
A 1.2 car, such as the Nissan Washwai 1.2 can tow a caravan, as long as the weight of the towed vehicle doesn’t exceed 85% of the kerb weight of the car.
Do I need to tell my insurance company Im towing a caravan?
If you have a touring caravan that is towed behind your car, your third party liability can be covered under your car insurance policy – but you’ll need to let your insurer know you’re going to be towing a caravan when you set up your car cover, or alert your insurer if you buy a new caravan and intend to start …
Can I tow a car thats not insured?
As far as the law is concerned, you can tow your car without insurance as long as it’s not insured. If you want to keep your registration valid to make getting your car back on the road easier, you need to get insurance today.
Do you have to insure a caravan?
Do I need caravan insurance? You don’t legally need to have caravan insurance. But you do need to make sure you have at least third-party cover on your car insurance to cover any damage to others you cause while towing your caravan.
Can a small car tow a caravan?
Matching your car and caravan
On a practical level, a small car can physically tow a large caravan, but there are legal restrictions on the combination’s you can drive on the road. You’ll also find it easier to manage your outfit if you stick to certain car to caravan weight ratios, especially if you are new to towing.
What caravan weight Can I tow?
If you’re an inexperienced tower, your caravan’s MTPLM (maximum laden weight) should be no more than 85 per cent of a car’s kerbweight. If you’re a seasoned caravanner, the all-up weight of the caravan should never exceed the kerbweight of your tow car.
How much weight can I tow with my car?
To calculate the maximum weight your car can tow, all you need to do is subtract the gross vehicle weight (GVW) from the gross train weight (GTW). This is the absolute maximum weight your vehicle can tow.