Do you need a driving license for a trailer?

Trailer experts advice

As trailer experts, we often get asked about the permissible weights that you can tow with your vehicle and what driving licence you need.

In a previous blog, we discussed how to check your vehicle’s permissible weight by looking at the VIN plate. This is usually found on the inside of the door or on the V5 document that came with your vehicle.

But in this blog, we’re going to talk about another important aspect of towing – your driving license.

Up until recently, anyone who obtained their license after 1997 had to take a trailer test in order to be able to tow a trailer.

However, this requirement has been abolished due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full driving licence

Now, if you have a full driving license to drive in the UK, you are able to tow up to three and a half tonnes with a braked trailer, and 750 kilograms with a non-braked trailer. However, it’s important to note that this is dependent on your vehicle’s capacity.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of having a fully loaded trailer and vehicle. But it’s important to remember to ask yourself some important questions.

  • Are you experienced enough to tow the load to its full capacity?
  • Is your vehicle at its full capacity?

Most experts in the caravan world recommend working within the 80/20 rule or up to 85% maximum capacity. It’s also important to research and consult websites that can help you work out the best capacity for your vehicle and experience level.

Towing at maximum capacity with an inexperienced driver can be dangerous for both yourself and others on the road. It’s important to remember that safety should always come first. Take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe towing experience.

If you are unsure about this, feel free to grab your phone and give us a call, we would love to have a good old chat!

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