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Towing? You need towing mirrors!

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The law (for full details on mirror legislation see Directive EC2003/97 or UN46.02) states that drivers must be able to see for a distance of 20 metres to the rear, and four metres either side of their outfit.

Even when you think you have a clear view, without towing mirrors on both sides of the vehicle there will be blind spots that could not only result in damage to your outfit, but could cause serious consequences for other road users.

Nigel Milbank, managing director of mirror manufacturer Milenco, said: “I’m astounded so many caravanners tow blindly when it’s so dangerous to do so, especially when so many motorcyclists are regularly being injured and killed on the road.”


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Tim Booth, former police officer and specialist security adviser explains: “It is essential for both the safety of the vehicle being driven, and for other road users, that drivers are able to see and react to other vehicles out on the road. Without the use of these mirrors, it is not possible to travel safely.”

If you are unsure about which mirrors will fit to your towcar, speak to your local dealer or contact your vehicle/caravan manufacturer direct.

For more information and advice on towing mirrors, visit the Caravan Safety and Security Group or alternatively visit safety and security product manufacturer Milenco.


Offending outfits in a 2011 case study


May

 

  • 17% overweight
  • 28% breakaway cable faults
  • 5% defective tyres
  • 30% no towing mirrors

July

 

  • 30% overweight
  • 28% breakaway cable faults
  • 8% defective tyres
  • 45% no towing mirrors

September

 

  • 17% overweight
  • 61% breakaway cable faults
  • 8% defective tyres
  • 82% no towing mirrors

 


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