As it is summer, while going on holidays, there are chances of overloading your car with everything from a tent to camping chairs, food, and costumes. Every vehicle has a maximum loading weight limit, which includes people and baggage, so it is necessary to double-check whether your car is overloaded before departing.
According to Rule 98 of the Highway Code, you MUST NOT overload your vehicle or trailer. You should not tow a weight greater than that recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle. You could land a penalty for using your vehicle in a dangerous condition.
If this weight limit is ignored, it can pose a danger to your vehicle, placing additional strain on the tyres and other components, affecting the handling, and increasing your risk of having an accident.
On top of the safety risks, if you are caught driving an overloaded car, you can face a fine of up to £300 and have up to three penalty points issued to your driving licence. If you are involved in an accident while your vehicle is loaded beyond its maximum limit, this can also invalidate your car insurance.
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