One of the most important factors of road safety is the ability to see what’s going on around your vehicle. When you’re towing something as large as a caravan, the normal field of vision around you is often impacted dramatically and and you will therefore require extended mirrors in order to tow safely.
What do the rules say?
The legislation is different in every state however, as a general rule, road rules state that a driver must not operate a motor vehicle unless they have a clear view of the road as well as traffic ahead, behind and to each side.
What does common sense say?
If your caravan is big enough to obscure your view through rear or side mirrors, then extension mirrors should be fitted to the towing vehicle.
Types of Towing Mirrors
There are towing mirrors to suit all needs and budgets:
- Clearview Towing Mirrors
- Mirror mounted towing mirrors
- Door mounted towing mirrors
- Bonnet mounted towing mirrors
Clearview Towing Mirrors
If you spend a lot of your life on the road with your caravan, you may prefer permanent solution. Clearview Towing Mirrors are a full replacement towing mirror. This means they are mounted as a direct replacement for your standard side mirrors. They can be extended to increase visibility. They are also legal in all states and territories in Australia. Find out more about Clearview Towing Mirrors here.
Want added peace of mind?
A reversing camera for your caravan will provide you with the ultimate field of vision when towing. Reversing cameras shouldn’t be used instead of towing mirrors but they are a great addition to your setup. Click here for more information on reversing cameras.
The mirrors you choose to fit to your car will come down to a matter of preference and budget. If you need some help with this decision, feel free to get in touch with our team today. We can also assist you with all must-have vehicle and towing accessories such as air suspension kits from Airbag Man and electric brakes.