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.
• 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
• 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
• If traffic builds behind you, find a safe
place to stop off the road to allow
others to pass.