Theory Test Vehicle Loading
- Towing - understanding the affects of towing a trailer and the relevant regulations.
- Stability - understanding how to correctly load vehicles, trailers and caravans and how towing can affect vehicle stability and safety.
Questions concern vehicle stability and towing regulations.
When towing a trailer or caravan on a motorway:
- Do not exceed 60 mph.
- Do not use the right-hand lane unless directed to do so.
- To stop a trailer or caravan from snaking you should ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
Facts To Know
- It is advised you inflate your tyres to a higher pressure than normal when carrying a heavy load, or when driving fast for long distances.
- A heavy vehicle load, on a roof rack or in the car, will reduce stability and affect steering and handling.
- The driver is always responsible for making sure the vehicle isn't overloaded.
- Any load must be securely fastened.
- To improve handling when towing a caravan fit a stabiliser to the towbar.
- When towing a caravan never allow passengers to travel in it.
- Using a roof rack will increase fuel consumption.
- A child passenger under the age of three, should be seated in a child seat.
- Animals should be restrained so that they can't interfere with the driver.
Towing A Trailer
- Before towing a trailer check your vehicles handbook to learn the maximum noseweight of your vehicle's tow ball.
- The weight of a trailer should be no more than 85% of the car that is pulling it.
- A breakaway cable is a safety device fitted to a trailer.
- When loading a trailer spread the load evenly.
- It is against the law to have a load that is sticking out in a dangerous way.
- If you park a vehicle with a trailer overnight it must have lights
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