Safety is always the highest importance when towing your caravan, both the safety of you and of your caravan! Towing mirrors are vital when on the roads with your caravan, read our helpful guide to towing mirrors so you’re fully equipped to get yours!
What Does the Law Say?
In simple terms, it is a legal requirement for you to have towing mirrors installed when towing your caravan on the roads. Legally you need to be able to see, clearly, an area that is 4m wide from the sides of your caravan. There is however one exception that if your caravan is smaller than a 4x4 car you are not required to use mirror extensions. This would be an extremely small caravan! So, generally YES you do need towing mirrors, legally.
What Do Towing Mirrors Actually Do?
Towing mirrors are there so you can see better as the caravan obstructs a lot of your view when driving and towing. The mirrors extend outward, further than the average side mirror, increasing your vision to see other cars, changing lanes, reversing, and general road view. They overall increase the safety of your towing experience.
Which Towing Mirrors Should I Get?
Towing mirrors come in many varieties, specific to make and model of cars, universal, clamping mirrors, stick-on mirrors, there are so many options it may seem overwhelming to choose the ‘right’ one. Towing mirrors with clamps are generally recognised as being the best and most secure option by regular caravan users.
What about when it comes to your car’s make and model? Does it matter when choosing your mirrors? In contrast to popular opinion, having universal mirrors may be the most beneficial to you and your caravanning future. Mirrors are an investment that you don’t want to regularly replace. By purchasing universal mirrors, you prevent buying new mirrors every time you change your vehicle!
Where Can I Get My Mirrors From?
Towing mirrors can be bought in many different places, especially online through many different vendors. The best place we suggest getting your towing mirrors from is through your local caravan dealer’s accessories shop. Here you can get advice on what’s best for your specific situation, travel habits, car model & caravan. Here you will also have the expert help of someone to fit your mirrors for you, ensuring they are on correctly & safely.
Make Sure They’re Clean Before Towing!
It is of the upmost importance to ensure your towing mirrors are clean before getting on the road again! If you have recently been towing your caravan out on the road, it is very likely that dirt, dust & mud has ended up on your mirrors. All of this will be obstructing your view, increasing the likeliness of a potential accident. Always give your mirrors a good wipe down before heading out!
Other Than Towing Mirrors How Else Can I Protect My Caravan on The Road?
Another way to protect your caravan on the road whilst towing is through the use of towing jackets! Lots of pebbles and stones are likely to flick up off the road and your tyres, causing chips which can lead to rusting and expensive repairs in the future. Towing jacketsprotect the front of your caravan and prevent this from happening, saving you pennies in the long run.