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It appears as though the UK is not the only country that experiences a sudden increase in caravan and horsebox trailer accidents during the spring months. A recent article published by The Horse magazine shows that Americans clearly have similar problems. The article’s author offers a number of helpful tips that should make trailer towing safer for those who read it. In a nutshell, she recommends drivers do their own car and trailer test before hitting the road.

The trailer towing laws are different in the UK and the States, but the principles offered by The Horse are universal. They say drivers should do the following in order to maintain safety:

As a UK driver, it is likely that you do not need an enhanced driving licence in order to tow a trailer or caravan for recreational purposes. This includes horsebox trailers being used for non-professional purposes. However, proper trailer training is still a good idea. Operating a car and trailer together is significantly different than driving your car alone. Training can help you understand the differences and teach you how to be safe.

The HGV Training Centre is thrilled to be able to offer car and trailer training alongside or commercial training classes. If you are planning to tow this summer, we hope you will consider training with us first.

Sources:

  1. The Horse Magazine – http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2015/04/01/tow-safety-and-trailer-maintenance.aspx

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