Navigating the World of Trailers

Navigating the World of Trailers: An NTTA Guide to Making the Right Choice for Your Business

As the National Trailer and Towing Association, the leading body in the UK representing the Light Trailer and Towing industry, we've seen firsthand the pivotal role trailers play in the business world. With over 40 years of experience, we understand that selecting the right trailer is not just a purchase – it's an investment in your business's efficiency and success.

Understanding the Basics

Over the years’ we've encountered a diverse range of trailers – from flatbeds and enclosed trailers to refrigerated units and specialty trailers. Each type serves a unique purpose, and understanding these differences is the first step in making an informed decision. We always recommend our members invest time in understanding the features and potential of each trailer type.

Key Considerations for Selection

1.     Size and Payload Capacity: In our experience, assessing the weight and size of what you'll be transporting is crucial. It's not just about avoiding overloading; it's about ensuring safety and efficiency in your operations. Learn about towing rules here - https://www.gov.uk/towing-rules

2.     Functionality and Features: We've seen businesses thrive by choosing trailers that align with their specific needs. Whether it's an open trailer for robust materials or an enclosed one for sensitive goods, the right choice can make all the difference.

3.     Material and Quality: A trailer is a long-term investment. Opting for high-quality materials like galvanized steel or aluminum can save costs in maintenance and extend the trailer's life.

4.     Towing Vehicle Capability: A point we always emphasize is ensuring your towing vehicle is compatible with the trailer. This capability  is key to safe and effective transportation. Learn more here - https://www.ntta.co.uk/law

5.     Safety and Compliance: Safety is paramount. We advise checking for essential safety features and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. Carry out trailer inspections before you tow, with the help of our easy to use app - https://www.ntta.co.uk/app-trailer-safety-checks

6.     Cost vs. Value: It's not just the purchase price but the total cost of ownership that matters. Sometimes, spending more upfront can lead to savings down the line.

7.     Dealer Reputation and Warranty: Our experience has taught us the value of buying from reputable dealers and considering the warranty offered. Why not register your new or used trailer for free here - https://www.ntta.co.uk/ntta/trailer-registration it will help recover your trailer should it be stolen.      


Choosing the right trailer involves balancing your specific needs, budget, and quality. As the transportation landscape evolves, staying informed and adaptable is key. At the NTTA, we're committed to guiding our members through this process, ensuring they make choices that add value to their businesses for years to come.