Trailer Towing Laws by State 2022

Many Americans own boats or camping trailers to use on vacations. Although boating, fishing, and camping are fun activities, safety is of the utmost importance when towing tons of extra weight behind your vehicle. Specifically, braking is more difficult and dangerous while towing. The more weight you’re pulling, the more momentum you have, especially at high speeds. This momentum takes a longer distance for your vehicle to stop. Because of this, most states require you to get trailer brakes when the trailer exceeds a certain weight limit and poses maximum towing speeds, which can be as low as 45 miles per hour.

Additionally, states have laws restricting trailers and boats, and it is wise to follow them so that you do not get into an accident or pulled over for noncompliance. Trailer towing laws and regulations vary by state. Towing laws include maximum weights, braking system requirements, tail lights, safety chains, reflectors, brake lights, and more. No matter where your vehicle is registered, you must obey the towing laws in the state you are traveling to or through.

Below are each state’s trailer towing laws, according to AAA](https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-towing/).

Trailer Towing Laws by State 2022