Towing Guide


• Vehicle and trailer are roadworthy.

• All tyres are properly inflated.

• Trailer’s wheel-bearings, suspension and brakes work properly.

• All lights work and safety chains are properly connected.

• Make sure the stabilizer legs have been raised.

• Check and make sure oils, water, brake fluid, battery levels etc on the vehicle are correct.
Before each trip, check:
The Driver
Towing Vehicle Requirement:
Vehicle Towing Capacity:
The capacity of the towing vehicle is governed by the towing apparatus fitted to the vehicle, or A relevant maximum trailer mass specified by the vehicle manufacturer.”
This means that the most you can tow is the amount specified by the vehicle manufacturer or the capacity of the towbar - WHICH EVER IS LEAST.

In the case where a motor vehicle manufacturer has not specified a maximum towing mass, the limit is stated to be: 1.5 times the unladen or kerb mass of the motor vehicle if the trailer is fitted with brakes.
Throughout Australia, the allowable maximum mass for the trailer is either the capacity of the tow vehicle’s towing attachment or the towing limit specified by the vehicle manufacturer for the towing vehicle, whichever is the least.
OR
If the vehicle’s manufacturer has not made a recommendation as to the towing mass, then the following rules apply: A vehicle may tow a laden trailer of up to one and a half times the unladen mass of the tow vehicle, provided that the towbar is rated accordingly and the trailer is fitted with brakes that comply with the requirements stipulated in the Australian Design Rule ADR38.

Towing a trailer affects the performance of the towing vehicle. They affect fuel consumption, acceleration, braking ability, general control and maneuverability. The extra length and width can be harder to manage, with wind, road roughness and passing vehicles having a greater effect than on the vehicle alone. This puts additional responsibilities on a driver.
• Allow for the trailer’s tendency to ‘cut-in’ on corners and curves.

• Allow longer distances for braking, overtaking and joining a traffic stream.

• When reversing, it is advisable to have someone outside the vehicle giving directions.

• Avoid sudden lane changes and changes of direction.

• Look further ahead than normal so you can react to changes in traffic or road conditions.

• Use the accelerator, brakes and steering smoothly and gently at all times.

• Use a lower gear when traveling downhill to increase vehicle control and reduce strain on brakes.

• Slow down well before entering corners and curves.

• Trailers tend to jerk the back of the vehicle around and can cause sway (snaking). If a trailer starts to sway, the vehicle’s brakes should not be applied, except as an absolute last resort. If the trailer’s brakes can be operated by themselves they should be applied gently, otherwise a steady speed or slight acceleration should be held if possible until the sway stops.

• Take care not to hold up traffic unnecessarily.

• Plan more rest stops and shorter traveling days as towing is more stressful and tiring than normal driving.

• There is no specific speed restriction while towing a trailer. However, the posted speed limits must not be exceeded. Always drive to the road, traffic and weather conditions.
• Couplings, all doors, hatches, covers and any load or equipment are still properly secured. It’s a good idea to lock the doors closed whilst traveling with the keys provided.

• Tyres are still properly inflated and not rubbing on suspension or body work.
At regular intervals during the trip, check:
So please remember that distances in Australia are vast and towing a trailer requires additional concentration and which adds additional stress on you and the family. So, plan your travel days in advance keeping breaks frequent and the travel day shorter than you would normally drive.

Enjoy you're adventure and safe driving.
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