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    Q364: What are the rules for towing caravans / trailers with cars?

    A motor vehicle can pull a caravan as long as there are no passengers in the caravan (pets are allowed but it is not advisable).

    It is also important to stick to the required speed limits, which can vary for caravans.

    • 60mph - motorways and dual carriageways
    • 50mph - single carriageways
    • 30mph - built up areas.

    On the motorway a car towing a caravan cannot go in the outside lane (where there are 3 lanes).

    It is not advisable that the maximum authorised mass of the caravan is more than the unladen weight of the car, for example a Fiat Cinquecento pulling a caravan. This could put the driver of the car and other road users in danger.

    The category normally required on your driving licence to tow a caravan is category B+E. You must be a full licence holder, not a provisional licence holder. However if the caravan you are towing weighs less than 750kg or the maximum authorised mass of both the towing car and caravan weigh less than 3500kg you could tow a caravan with category B on your licence. There is a further requirement that the maximum authorised mass of the caravan must not exceed the unladen weight of the towing car.

    On the motorway a car towing a caravan cannot go in the outside lane (where there are 3 lanes).

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