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Summer tips for travelling with your trailer

May 14th 2019 at 7:32 AM

With Winter long passing us by and summer looming just ahead, means holidays are soon upon us. Whether you prefer remaining in the country, hopping on a plane to another or like to travel via road it’s important to know how your trip is going to work. If you are someone who likes to go by road, then this article is one for you to read. Travelling using a car and box trailer has many advantages, as you are able to carry much more with you.


So, if you are considering a holiday using commercial covered car trailers, the following points might be worth noting down as good preparation. One of the main points to look into, is whether you are eligible to tow commercial enclosed car trailers or not. This is something to be aware of as the law can restrict you based on the weight, size and type of box trailer you are towing.


If you’re new to the world of towing commercial covered car trailers, you should understand that braking and reversing your vehicle is different. Because of this, it would be a good idea to take a towing course with whatever caravan or trailer club is nearby to you. Learning this way will help the learning process be more speedy, as you are gaining insight from people who are passionate about this way of travelling.


Furthermore, with trailers it’s crucial to check if your insurance covers you for towing anything extra on your vehicle. In some cases, the insurance allows for towing but only with certain sizes of box trailer. Similarly, with breakdown cover only some insurance covers commercial enclosed car trailers too, so ensure to check this area of your policy also. With that being said, tow bars and roof racks are often considered as body modifications, which is why these need to be declared to your insurance company to remain legal. And lastly, you need to consider the contents of your trailer and its worth, as your policy can then cover you for theft.


With commercial covered car trailers, it’s important to know the legal tow length and width limit. These vary from country to country, however for the UK the trailer width limit is 2.55 metres and length is 7 metres by a vehicle that weighs up to 3,500kg. Moreover, if your vehicle’s VIN plate hasn’t got a listed train weight, it shouldn’t be used to tow commercial enclosed car trailers at all.


Including the above legal requirements, it’s important to keep your trailer well maintained during the warmer months. Checks are necessary for the vehicle also. Such checks include tyre pressure and axles, and ensuring they’re adjusted accordingly to the load being carried. Before setting off on any journeys, it’s absolutely vital to look at the tow bar to make sure it is properly secured, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you set off and fail to carry out the proper checks, you can face hefty fines.

 

When driving along in the summer, be mindful to set off in good time for your destination, as roads are generally more busy in warmer seasons.

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