Towing a load such as a caravan

When you tow a vehicle such as a caravan, it is clearly the case that driving conditions will be very different, and much more so again than simply having a heavier load or having a roof rack fitted.

For this reason many driving schools would now recommend that you attend a training course on towing such a load before attempting to do so on the roads - for your own safety and also that of your fellow road users.

There are training courses that will cover the sorts of things you will need to know such as how to load safety, and how to adjust your driving methodology to cope with the considerable differences that come with driving with a caravan or trailer being towed behind the car.

You will need to particularly practice things like manoeuvring in a small space, like for instance will be required when parking. Don't put the pressure on yourself to do this for the first time when you are in a tight space with lots of people watching! Drive you a quiet place such as a car park and practice reversing and parking into a space where there is no danger of taking out another car if you misjudge it the first couple of times.

As with everything, practice makes perfect, so take the time to practice the finer manoeuvres before doing a proper journey. There are a range of checks that you should perform before moving off with a load to ensure that it is correctly hitched up and so on: you should consult the details and instructions provided with your trailer or caravan on how to connect it and the checks that you should perform before setting off on a journey.

Related Articles...

driving theory test
Car Driving Test Fees
This article looks at the costs, which were correct as of October 2009. A standard car and motorcycle theory test costs 31. In terms of the practical test, the price is a good deal...

Tips on passing your theory test
It is up to each individual who takes a theory test to do the necessary work and preparation to put themselves in the best position to pass the test. Rather than attempting to 'cram' the night...

Being aware of potential hazards
Having the maximum time possible to react to hazards is important and can be the difference between an awkward situation or even an accident and continuing safe driving. This requires you not...

Tips on joining a motorway
Joining and leaving the motorway are generally considered the more tricky elements of the journey. When it comes to leaving the motorway, it is all about selecting the right exit and moving over to...

When to use hazard warning lamps
Hazard warning lamps, are by their nature, lamps that you should not use routinely. However it is important to know when is the correct time to use them, and how to switch them on. They are...

Vehicle's registration certificate
A vehicle has a document called a V5C, and this is the registration certificate for the vehicle. However this document by itself is not alone proof that the person selling you a vehicle actually...

The risk of accidents - some statistics
No-one wants to think that they will be involved in an accident, but being aware that an accident could happen to you and the statistics is important. Accidents happen to ordinary people, so anyone...

Prepare for driving theory tests
In order to pass tests, whether they are academic tests at school such as english, geography, spanish, french and so on, or to pass some other one - like theory tests - the methodology that can be...

Road Tax Disc Explained
You might hear to this referred as to something called excise licence, but in common parlance (speech!) this is called road tax. And you will have a circular piece of paper that comes to show...

Your legal obligations as a driver
There are some basics that everyone knows when it comes to being able to behind the wheel of a vehicle. These are of course meeting the legal eyesight requirements, being older than the minimum age...


Back to home page of driving theory test questions