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Do I need to inform my insurance company if I get a towbar fitted?

Posted on December 19th 2016 by Towbar2U

Protecting your car against accidents is important all year round, but especially so in the winter months, when icy roads and cold brakes can increase the risk of an accident. If you have a towbar fitted, not informing your insurance company of this addition could cause your policy to be invalidated. Check out our FAQs on vehicle insurance when you have a towbar here to ensure you’re covered at all times. Do I need to let my insurance company know if I have a towbar fitted? Yes. A towbar counts as a modification to your vehicle in that it will differ…

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Does having a towbar effect my MOT?

Posted on November 29th 2016 by Towbar2U

When you have a towbar fitted to your car, this addition will also be checked as part of your annual MOT test. This article explains what is checked, how, and why you could fail your MOT test due to your towbar. How? MOT inspectors will carry out a visual assessment of your towbar and it’s assembly, checking for signs of excessive corrosion or damage to the towbar itself, as well as the tow ball, hook, eye, or jaw. Inspectors will check for the presence and maintenance of retainings nuts and bolts, and will ensure that the assembly is securely attached to…

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Do you need a special type of license for towing?

Posted on October 31st 2016 by Towbar2U

If you’re going to be towing a caravan or vehicle, it’s essential that you are aware of any limitations your driving license may have on the weights you can tow. If you are in possession of a full car licence, you can tow trailers of up to 750kg, or heavier trailers provided the total vehicle and trailer weight does not exceed 3500kg. Licences issued from 1 January 1997 Legal restrictions vary depending on whether you passed your driving test before or after January 1997. If you passed after this date, you are permitted to drive a vehicle weighing up to 3,500kg,…

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What are the Maximum Towing Weights?

Posted on July 29th 2016 by Towbar2U

When fitting a towbar to your vehicle, it is essential you are aware of the maximum towing weights for your car in order to ensure your safety and that of other road users. If the tow car is attempting to tow a caravan or trailer above it’s maximum capacity, the vehicle can become unstable if caught in heavy winds, or if driving at high speeds. We’ve outlined how to find the maximum towing weights for your vehicle here. Towing capacity figures You can find the maximum towing weight for your vehicle on your Vehicle Identification Number Plate (VIN Plate). The VIN…

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The importance of Vehicle Specific Wiring

Posted on March 17th 2016 by Towbar2U

Towbars are a necessity for anyone wishing to use their vehicle to tow a load, whether it be a caravan or trailer. Having a standard towbar fitting is one option, but many customers now opt for Vehicle Specific Wiring. This technology is not only safer but more practical for the majority of towing tasks, making it an extremely popular solution. What is Vehicle Specific Wiring? Vehicle Specific Wiring allows for electrics from a vehicle to be used within the trailer or other vehicle being towed, through the towbar, and in doing so multiple features will be activated which would not necessarily…

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Welcome Article

Posted on February 10th 2016 by Towbar2U

Here at Towbar2U, we pride ourselves on being able to offer the best advice to our customers, whether that’s making sure they get the right towbar for their needs or sharing helpful hints and tips to keep them safe and secure on the road. That’s why we’ve started a new blog to share everything, from the best type of towbar for your commercial fleet to top tips for driving with a trailer. Check back for regular updates from the team at Towbar2U.

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