If you are new to trailer ownership, or have recently bought a caravan, there are some things that you should familiarise yourself with before you hitch it up to the car and go. Even if you have had a trailer for a while, it is worth remembering that there were amendments made to towing laws in the UK in December 2021, so it is always worth keeping up to date with these things to ensure that you are not breaking the law when you are towing.
One of these changes is the fact that you do not need an additional license to tow as long as the maximum authorised mass does not exceed 3500kg. Before this, you could tow up to a weight of 8250kg with a normal driving license. If you plan to tow a load greater than this, you will need a towing license to do so.
Looking after your trailer to ensure that it is safe and roadworthy is important. Many repairs are quite easy to do yourself should you prefer to, and parts can be obtained from places like this online trailer parts company autoandtrailer.com/shop/trailer-parts
You should also be aware of the weight that your car can tow. This is something that you can find out by checking your car’s handbook. So, before you go out and buy that large six berth caravan, make sure that you have a car that is able to tow it. Ignoring this can be dangerous and also can cause damage to both car and trailer.