Towing a Vehicle: What You Need to Know

Towing a Vehicle: What You Need to Know

If you’ve already got your driving licence and a car, and you’re thinking of buying another vehicle that you’ll need to tow, you’ll need to make sure that you’re actually allowed to do so. Many drivers don’t realise that in order to be qualified to tow another vehicle they may have to take a towing test, so it’s important that you find out whether or not you’ll have to do this before you hit the road. Learn more from this source.

What is the test?

In some areas, anyone who’s planning on towing trailers, a caravan, or even a horse box will need to take a special test to make sure that they’re competent when towing trailers and other vehicles on the road. If you’re unsure whether or not you’ll need to take this test, it’s best to contact your local driving authority to get some further information. Once you’ve taken and passed the towing test, you’ll be fully qualified to tow any other vehicle on the road with your car. 

What will I need to do?

The test is designed to ensure that you’re fully aware of how to tow a vehicle and are competent doing so whilst driving on the road. The test will probably include setting up the vehicle ready to tow, including making sure that the tow bar is fixed properly, the electrics are working, and that your cars registration number is visible on the back of the vehicle you’re towing. Once you’ve established that you can set up the vehicle to tow without any issue, you’ll be asked to get in the car and perform a series of manoeuvres which could vary from test to test. You’ll probably also be tested on your general driving skills whilst towing as well. 

How do I practice?

You could practice on your own with the help of a friend or relative who has a towing license, or you could even try and find a driving instructor who’ll be able to help you get ready for the towing test. Start by towing a small vehicle rather than a large one, and if possible take this smaller towing vehicle to your test as they’re easier to manoeuvre and handle than larger ones. The test should be relatively easy to get ready for, as you’re basically just extending the length of your car, and you’ll also need to make sure that you use your side door mirrors more to check for any swinging or coming loose. Don’t drive at high speeds, as this could cause your tow vehicle to become unbalanced, especially in high winds where you should take extra care.

Author: Fleur Lepage