When towing an unbraked trailer that meets the maximum Aggregate Trailer Mass of 750kg, you have up to 750kg “pushing” your tow vehicle along, without any extra braking assistance. It is important to always remember this during your trip.
Take your time going around corners. Leave significant space between your vehicle and the one in front. Always allow plenty of room for emergency braking. Check out these tips for more on safely towing a caravan.
Vehicle and trailer manufacturers will have a recommended speed limit for their products. Know what this is before you tow. You can find out the manufacturer’s recommended speed limit by either consulting the vehicle’s user guide or contacting the manufacturer to find out.
The speed limit when towing a trailer can also vary depending on the which state you are in. The rules according to state vary as follows:
These states have no speed limits specifically for towing vehicles. Instead they recommend drivers travel at a speed suitable to the road conditions.
New South Wales road laws allow for a maximum speed of 100km/h, if the tow vehicle and trailer have a combined weight in excess of 4500kg. The maximum speed limit for all other vehicles under this weight, towing or not, is 110km/h.
In Tasmania the maximum speed limit for any tow vehicle is 90km/h, regardless of the trailer weight. The maximum speed limit for non-tow vehicles on highways and motorways is 100km/h.
The maximum speed limit for vehicles towing trailers is 100km/h with no weight specified. The general speed limit is 110km/h.
Remember that towing on the open road is all about commonsense. Along with the manufacturer’s speed limits, the state’s speed limits, and the road conditions, you need to be particularly careful when towing a vehicle because of the added risks.