“It is better to travel well than to arrive” - Buddha
Be careful what you hitch your wagon to. Towing can be fraught with dangers, especially when towing heavy loads.
All modern vehicles have a rated towing capacity that needs to be reviewed prior to attaching anything of size. Rules do vary for older vehicles, but generally you are able to tow up to 1.5 times your vehicle weight (with no cargo). It's often a good rule to get your vehicle weighed at the nearest weight station if you are unsure.
To protect your family, choose a properly designed and tested towbar from a certified manufacturer. The best towbars meet Australian Standard: AS4177.
Quick Tips For Safe Towing
- Read the manual. Always refer to the vehicle manufacturer's handbook for the recommended towing capacity.
- It takes longer to stop when towing. On an open road leave a 60 metre gap between your vehicle and heavy vehicles (trucks and buses) and other vehicles towing trailers, unless overtaking.
- Towing a caravan or trailer takes skill and concentration. Learn from a school or an experienced driver before giving it a go yourself.
- Some vehicle manufacturers apply speed restrictions to their vehicles when towing under certain circumstances.
- Regularly check and maintain your trailer or caravan.
- Weight distribution affects handling, so ensure you spread the load as evenly as possible.
- High-tech manufacturing with laser cut parts and high quality powder coat ensures safety and longevity of tow bars.
Most Tyres & More stores are able to assist you with any queries you may have in regard to towing. For details contact your local Tyres & More store today