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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging motorists to remain calm and secure on the roads. The Government agency is using the acronym SAFE to advise drivers on how to tow correctly this Christmas season.
In a tweet, the DVSA wrote: “This Christmas, whatever you’re towing make it S-A-F-E
“Service – been done recently?
“Air in tyres – check pressure, tread, condition.
“Fit breakaway cable/chain, check electrical connections.
“Examine lights, mirrors, load, weight limit.”
Drivers can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving, and get three penalty points for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Motorists must not drive in the right-hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes.
When towing either a caravan or a trailer, drivers should check that the trailer is correctly coupled to the towball or pin, with the DVSA advising they follow the manufacturers advice.
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They should also ensure that the coupling height is correct and that the seven or 13 core cable and plug is not damaged.
Breakaway cables are also advised as this will engage the trailer’s brakes (if fitted) or stop the trailer if it becomes detached from the car.
Road users should again check that the cable is not worn or damaged, there is enough slack in the cable so that it doesn’t automatically apply the brakes and ensure the cable will not drag on the ground when driving.
As with any other journey, it is of vital importance to check the wheels and tyres, both on the car and the trailer.
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