INFORMATION ON DRIVING WHILST TOWING

TAKE SOME TIME TO CHECK OUT TOWING ON SHORTER JOURNEYS

Pulling a load inevitably impacts on the performance of your vehicle. Stopping distances increase, cornering and manoeuvres take longer and require extra care. Being familiar with how your vehicle behaves when towing is really worth the time and effort.

Environmental factors can impact on the driving experience much more noticeably, particularly strong cross-winds. Take note of the weather forecast and be just that little bit more careful.

DRIVING AT SPEED AND BRAKING

National speed limits apply (in the UK) but on dual carriageways and motorways towing vehicles are limited to 60mph and required not to use the right-hand lane on motorways..

Generally just remember that you have a heavier load than usual and that therefore it will take longer to stop.

Avoid braking sharply especially on bends as the trailer momentum can cause you to jack-knife. Reduce speed well before a corner and then ease back onto the accelerator as you come out the other side

SNAKING

The term "snaking" refers to when the article being towed moves out of line with the towing vehicle and begins to shift from side to side. Unless it is stopped snaking can easily cause a loss of control over the vehicle.

1. WHAT CAUSES SNAKING?

Snaking can be caused by incorrect load placement (usually too far to the rear), side winds, or instability in the balance of the trailer itself.

2. HOW TO PREVENT SNAKING

When it occurs, snaking can be stopped by changing down a gear and taking both feet off the pedals, keeping the steering wheel straight and lightly applying the brakes if going downhill.

3. HOW NOT TO PREVENT SNAKING

Do not attempt to accelerate out or try and beat the motion by steering as its more than likely that you’ll just make the problem worse. Keep the vehicle straight and slow down gently.

STABILISERS

It is also possible to purchase stabilisers to improve the stability of a trailer and these are particularly useful on high-sided trailers such as caravans and horse boxes. Stabilisers should not be considered a substitute for good loading and driving practice.

SERVICING & MAINTENANCE

Always check your trailer before every journey. Essential checks on tyre pressure and general condition are essential.

Refer to the manufacturers instructions for information about service intervals and every day maintenance as this can be different for different types (such as commercial trailers, caravans, etc.)

Always ensure you keep up with the recommended maintenance and servicing of your trailer.

Next: Reversing whilst towing

 

SAFE DRIVING WHILST Towing

 

Towing has several impacts on driving that need to be understood in order to tow safely. From the effects on steering and braking to unique concerns such as “snaking”, you’ll find all the information you need here.

 

SHOWROOM LOCATIONS & OPENING HOURS

Gallaghers of Sandycroft

Chester Road

Sandycroft
Nr CHESTER

CH5 2QN

Recommendation score:

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

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: 01244 534 347

Opening Hours

Sales

Monday-Friday / 9.00 am  - 6.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Sunday / 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service / Parts

Monday-Friday / 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 12.00 noon

Sunday / Closed

Gallaghers of Warrington

Manchester Road

Paddington
WARRINGTON

WA1 3TZ

Recommendation score:

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

View Map

: 01925 851 574

Opening Hours

Sales

Monday-Friday / 9.00 am - 6.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Sunday / 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service / Parts

Monday-Friday / 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Saturday / 9.00 am - 12.00 noon

Sunday / Closed

All new retail vehicles are shown with OTR (On The Road) Prices. OTR prices include VAT at 20%, Government Road Fund Licence, First Registration Fee (£55) and the cost of delivery to the dealer’s premises. Commercial vehicles are shown with Commercial Vehicle List Prices (CV List Prices). CV List Price includes the cost of delivery to the dealer’s premises, but exclude VAT, Government Road Fund Licence and First Registration Fee (£55). Government Road Fund Licence for commercial vehicles is £250. All prices shown are for solid paint. Metallic paint extra. Official EU MPG and EV Range test figures shown as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Outlander PHEV figures are based on the vehicle being charged from mains electricity. Images shown are for illustrative purposes only and UK specification may vary.

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

Mitsubishi Dealer Rating - 4.5 Stars - 85%-94% of customers would recommend this dealership

 

SAFE DRIVING WHILST Towing

 

Towing has several impacts on driving that need to be understood in order to tow safely. From the effects on steering and braking to unique concerns such as “snaking”, you’ll find all the information you need here.