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7 Towing Laws You Need to Know

Following are 7 towing laws that you need to know:

Slow driving - 
This may seem like an odd reason to tow your vehicle, but it is a valid point. The rules state that a driver cannot drive a car at an unnecessarily slow speed. Slow driving along a path that allows a faster pace may obstruct the way of other drivers and pedestrians. It causes needless chaos and traffic hold-ups. 
It may seem weird, but some drivers drive slow on purpose to conserve fuel. However, this may pose a problem for others on the road. Thus, drivers are urged to drive faster along paths that allow driving at a higher speed.


Monitoring break away battery - 
Trailers over 2500kg require an electronic breakaway system with battery back-up. This is done to allow individuals to monitor the battery from inside the vehicle. There is a certain level of the battery voltage, which enables the system to operate.  In case the voltage falls below this functional level, there must be an audible and visual alert to help with the monitoring. 

Placement of the Number plate
Certain rules give you directions about where you should place your number plate on the vehicle. Ideally, the number plate should be fixed at the rear end of your vehicle, and it should not be more than 1300 mm from the ground.
Use these directions to fix your number plate at the correct position. Placing your number plate in the right spot is one of the most straightforward precautions you can take to avoid getting your vehicle towed. 

5th Wheeler license requirement -  
As per the regulations set by the ACT government, any person having a normal driver’s license under the ACT regulations cannot tow a 5 wheeler. This is because the 5-wheeler is considered as a semi-trailer. 

Towing speed limit - 
There are different towing speeds prescribed under the laws of various states across Australia. Some of the prescribed towing speed depends on the weight of the vehicle. 100 km/h is the maximum speed that drivers can use for a vehicle that weighs more than 4500 kg. Exceeding the speed limit of 90 km/h is prohibited in Tasmania, regardless of the weight of the vehicle.   

Fixing of Mirrors - 
The rear-view mirror is an essential part of the vehicle. However small and insignificant it may seem, does not change the fact that the rear view mirror acts as a safety precaution for the driver. It allows the driver to keep a watch over cars approaching from behind and prevent accidents from occurring. There are rules about the placement of eth rear view mirror as well. Drivers are supposed to fix it at a distance from the car, which allows a clear view of the road behind.  
Avoid overtaking as per rules - 
If your vehicle is longer than 7.5 meters, you should not overtake a turning vehicle. This rule has also been set to maintain road safety and to ensure that no accidents occur while driving.

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