Theory Test - Vehicle Loading Category
- Towing - understanding the affects of towing a trailer and the relevant regulations.
- Stability - understanding how to correctly load vehicles, trailers and caravans and how towing can affect vehicle stability and safety.
Questions concern vehicle stability and towing regulations.
When towing a trailer or caravan on a motorway:
- Do not exceed 60 mph.
- Do not use the right-hand lane unless directed to do so.
- To stop a trailer or caravan from snaking you should ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
Facts To Know
- It is advised you inflate your tyres to a higher pressure than normal when carrying a heavy load, or when driving fast for long distances.
- A heavy vehicle load, on a roof rack or in the car, will reduce stability and affect steering and handling.
- The driver is always responsible for making sure the vehicle isn't overloaded.
- Any load must be securely fastened.
- To improve handling when towing a caravan fit a stabiliser to the towbar.
- When towing a caravan never allow passengers to travel in it.
- Using a roof rack will increase fuel consumption.
- A child passenger under the age of three, should be seated in a child seat.
Towing A Trailer
- Before towing a trailer check your vehicles handbook to learn the maximum noseweight of your vehicle's tow ball.
- The weight of a trailer should be no more than 85% of the car that is pulling it.
- A breakaway cable is a safety device fitted to a trailer.
- When loading a trailer spread the load evenly.
- It is against the law to have a load that is sticking out in a dangerous way.
- If you park a vehicle with a trailer overnight it must have lights
Contains the Theory Test Questions for Car Drivers valid from September 2008 or valid until Autumn 2010. Crown copyright material has been reproduced by permission of the Driving Standards Agency which does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the reproduction.