We have all seen a car driving a trailer on some occasion. This is a very common practice and, as long as the rules and regulations are followed, it is perfectly legal. So far so good. But what happens when a car has been installing the towing device but has nothing to tow? Many drivers place tennis balls, although no one knows for sure why this custom occurs.
It is not a real need, but rather responds more to a popular belief. Towing devices must be installed following an established procedure. Once the process is completed, you can use the car without any problem. However, there are those who believe that towing devices that are not in use must be covered or covered according to current regulations, but nothing could be further from the truth.
No section of the Law on Traffic, Motor Vehicle Circulation and Road Safety refers to that need. Therefore, there is no need to cover the car towing device with a tennis ball. You can drive with it without covering it when there is no trailer to pull.
Types of trailers
«Incorporating a trailer to our vehicle is a good option if we need to expand the cargo space or transport a caravan or some other bulky item. These systems, designed to be towed by a motor vehicle, allow you to load those extra packages that do not fit in the vehicle. To use a trailer you must follow a few simple steps that will allow you to do so safely and legally,” warns the DGT.
Trailers are divided into two categories:
Light: are those whose maximum authorized mass (MMA) is less than or equal to 750 kilograms. They do not need their own registration, although they do need that of the towing vehicle, nor independent insurance. To be able to travel with this type of trailer, a special driving permit is not required. Non-light: they are those whose MMA is greater than 750 kilograms. To drive with them, you do need a specific driving license, as well as an independent license plate and mandatory insurance apart from the insurance of the towing vehicle.
The installation of a coupling system is a modification of the vehicle elements. Therefore, when carrying out it, there is a period of 15 days to verify and legalize the reform at an ITV center. Before taking a trip, it is essential to ensure that the docking system is well secured and in good condition.
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