Visibility is essential especially when it comes to safety on the road and when towing a caravan.
You should always have the ability to see everything around you and your vehicle, and this is where towing mirrors, which are required by law, are a necessity.
Why you need towing mirrors.
The standard mirrors on your car are designed to give visibility for the length of your vehicle but do not account for long objects like a caravan. Towing mirrors will provide that extra view ability for safety and ease.
What are the requirements?
It is required by law in Australia if you are towing anything wider than your vehicle towing mirrors are required. There is a legal requirement for you to have mirrors that allow you to see clearly an area that is 4 metres wide from the side of your caravan at a distance 20 metres behind the driver.
How wide should towing mirrors be?
The size of the mirrors is important — the bigger, the better. The general rule states that for every 3 meters of overall vehicle length (that’s the tow vehicle and the towed vehicle added together), your mirrors should be 2.5 centimetres in diameter.
What type of mirror is needed?
There is a range of mirrors available with the most popular and common towing mirrors being the clip-on or strap-on that are portable and simply clamp or strap onto your vehicles existing side mirrors to the door mounted towing mirrors that provide extra stability.
But the choice is based on your situation, budget, requirements, and usage.