How to check what you can legally tow this summer

How to check what you can tow this summer

The government has issued advice for motorists towing a caravan this summer. This comes amid news that caravan holiday bookings are up 16 percent on last year.

“It’s important that all motorists know what their driving licence allows them to drive and if they’re entitled to tow,” said Lynette Rose, policy and communication director at DVLA Strategy.

The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test. Your driving licence information will tell you what you’re allowed to tow.

If you passed your test BEFORE 1 January 1997

In general, if you passed your driving test before 1 January 1997, you can drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). Check your licence using thIs link to confirm.

If you passed your test on or AFTER 1 January 1997

If you passed your test on or after 1 January 1997, you can drive a car or van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM. You can tow a trailer OVER 750kg if the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.

There are further size restrictions for trailers that can be towed by motorists who passed their test on or after 19 January 2013, so you’re advised to use the online tool to find out what you can and can’t tow.

Motorhome restrictions

If you passed your test before 1 January 1997, you can tow a motorhome weighing up to 7,500kg. If you passed after that date, you can drive a motorhome up to 3,500kg.

Harvey Alexander, director of marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club, said: “There’s been a significant rise in the number of people choosing to spend their holidays caravanning.

“Leisure vehicles provide a fantastic way to explore parts of the country you may have never experienced before, and it’s very important to us that we do all we can to help holidaymakers do so safely and legally.”

Click here to find out how to tow a trailer or caravan safely.

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