Apart from adding to the driver’s legal responsibilities, towing requires a greater degree of knowledge and skill than normal driving.
When towing, you should:
- Allow for the extra length and width of the trailer when entering traffic;
- Apply the accelerator, brakes and steering smoothly and gently to avoid sway, especially in wet or slippery conditions;
- Maintain a space of at least 60 metres between you and the vehicle in front to allow for a longer stopping distance;
- Engage a lower gear in both manual and automatic vehicles to increase vehicle
- Allow more time and a greater distance in which to overtake. When towing, your vehicle’s capacity to accelerate is reduced;
- If possible, reverse with a person watching the rear of the trailer;
- Where areas are provided, pull off the road to allow traffic building up behind you to overtake;
- Be aware that towing is more stressful than normal driving and is more likely to cause fatigue. Therefore, more rest stops should be planned.