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Registration and
licence plate

You must have valid registration from an
Alberta registry for your trailer and it must
be with you when you are towing the
trailer. There must also be a valid license
plate attached to the rear of the trailer
and clearly visible. The registration and
licence plate are required before the trailer
can be used on the road.

Equipment

• Your trailer must have working tail-
   lights, brake lights and turn signals that
   are activated from the towing vehicle.
• If you have a ball-and-socket hitch,
   you will also need to attach safety
   chains between the trailer and the
   towing vehicle. Chains should be
   crossed under the tongue of the trailer
   and fastened securely. This applies to
   all trailers except fifth-wheel trailers.
• If your trailer is equipped with a
   secondary emergency breakaway
   system, be sure that the system is
   connected properly according to the
   manufacturer’s instructions.
• Adjust your vehicle’s mirrors so you
   can see the traffic clearly that is
   approaching from behind. You must
   use extension mirrors if the trailer is
   wider than the vehicle that is towing the trailer.

Brakes are required on a trailer if they
are needed to control the safe movement
of the trailer. However, the following trailers
do not require brakes:
• trailers with a gross weight of 910
   kilograms (2,000 pounds) or less, or
• trailers with a gross weight that is less
   than half the unloaded weight of the
   vehicle that is doing the towing.

Towing a trailer

• Allow more time and distance than
   you would without a trailer between
   oncoming vehicles and your own
   before you enter into traffic. It will take
   you longer to reach the speed of the
   traffic flow because of the extra weight
   of the trailer. As well, you need more
   space to accommodate the added
   length of the trailer.
• It will take you longer to stop. Increase
   the following distance between you and
   the vehicle ahead.
• If you are driving on a multi-lane
   highway, remember that slower-moving
   vehicles should travel in the right lane.
• Plan your driving. Look well ahead
   to anticipate and manage potential
   hazards. Avoid situations that may
   require quick lane changes or
   unexpected stops.
• If traffic builds behind you, find a safe
   place to stop off the road to allow
   others to pass.
 

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