Whatever you’re entitled to pull, be safe when pulling a trailer. They take some getting used to under normal conditions and reversing them is an art form!
Always check your vehicle handbook for safe weights. Never overload your vehicle or trailer, doing so will compromise stability and potentially make the vehicle difficult to control.
Heavy items should be loaded mainly over the axle and you need to ensure a downward load on the tow ball. Again, check your handbooks for the recommended maximum weight and tow ball load.
Make sure loads are fastened down securely and that nothing can fly out or off onto vehicles behind or on other carriageways.
Make sure that all doors and catches are secured properly. Check any cables and make them secure.
When you’re driving remember, speed limits are lower in some cases when towing. The speed limit for cars towing caravans or trailers is 30mph in a built-up area, 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a dual carriageway or motorway.
Also, remember it's illegal to tow a trailer or caravan in the outside lane of a three- or four-lane motorway.