Drivers who passed their driving test before 1st January 1997 should have entitlement B+E C1+E, as listed on point 9 of the driving licence. This entitles you to drive vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (G.V.W) of up to 7,500kg, and to tow any trailer as long as the combined G.V.W. of the towing vehicle plus trailer does not exceed 8,250kg.
Drivers who passed their driving test after 1st January 1997 can drive a vehicle with a G.V.W. of 3,500kg with less than 8 seats.
They can also tow any trailer weighing up to 750kg provided that:
- The G.V.W. of the towing vehicle is at least twice the G.V.W of the trailer
- The combined G.V.W. of the towing vehicle and trailer is under 3,500kg
If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997, you will need to take an additional test to tow a trailer that weighs more than 750kg.
- Check the compensator. An Alko compensator has a swage end which fits on the Bowden cable, and a Knott compensator has locknuts.
- Find out how you adjust the brakes. Alko brakes have a star wheel on the backplate which needs adjustment with a screwdriver, whereas the Knott backplate has an adjuster nut for spanner adjustment.
Still unsure? No worries, simply give our team a call on 000-0000 and we’ll walk you through the steps.
Even if you take all the precautions necessary, sometimes the worst can still happen. Taking out a comprehensive trailer insurance policy means that your investment is covered, should something happen to your beloved trailer.