If you’re towing this summer, Highways England is reminding you to "check it before you tow it!". Image: Yuri Bizgaimer AdobeStock_202156851

There are around 4,000 incidents every year involving all forms of trailers

Highways England is reminding anyone towing to ensure they have the correct licence and insurance to tow whatever the weight. Also, that the vehicle is connected correctly and that the load is secure and within the limits for the vehicle.

Highways England’s Assistant Regional Safety Co-Ordinator Marie Biddulph said:

“Safety is our top priority and we want caravanners and everyone towing vehicles on our motorway and major trunk road network to get to their destinations safely. Our advice is simple: check it before you tow it.”

Highways England is also reminding people that towing mirrors are a legal requirement when towing a trailer or a caravan that is wider than the rear of the car. They should be fitted to both driver and passenger sides to improve rear visibility.

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get 3 penalty points for towing without proper towing mirrors.

The advice comes in the wake of the launch of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group to raise awareness of trailer and towing safety in the UK.

The primary focus of the Trailer and Towing Safety All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is to bring together parliamentarians, industry representatives and consumer groups to discuss and raise awareness of trailer and towing safety.

The National Towing Working Group, chaired by Highways England, aims to reducing towing-related incidents, both business and domestic related, across Great Britain’s road network.

Senior Technical Advisor at the Camping and Caravanning Club, Iain Geddes, said:

“We’re pleased to be working with Highways England to raise awareness amongst people towing and this event was a great way for us to speak to people towing caravans or trailers to make sure they were safe and equipped for the journey ahead.”