DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN TOW?

The Telegraph recently ran an article on the increasing complexity of the laws governing the towing of caravans and other trailers. (It didn’t specifically mention Boeing 747s, but there you are.)

In brief, drivers who passed their DVLA car test after 1 January 1997 gained a B licence, which is much more restricted for towing than the B+E licence issued previously.

PastedGraphic-18DVLA figures tell us that over five million drivers have passed their test since that date, but only 1.2% have passed a towing test to upgrade to a B+E licence. Just by towing a typical family caravan with an SUV, a young driver with only a B licence could be risking a £1,000 fine and three to six penalty points.

Towing skilfully is very rewarding. Both the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club run courses to equip drivers to tow well and confidently. (There was some spare time after the Editor’s course years ago, and those who wished to were able to practice reversing through a slalom course of cones – with the caravan hooked up. Tip: to avoid jack-knifing, keep your steering corrections gentle and small.) You can find the exact licence privileges and restrictions for towing at https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car.