Have you ever driven with a trailer?
It is definitely a skill that comes in handy if you are moving, buying furniture, transporting a lawnmower, or hauling a boat or RV.
Before you hit the road with a trailer in tow, consider these tips:
- Consult the owner’s manual for your vehicle so that you know how much weight your vehicle can haul.
- Practice pulling in and out of your driveway and navigating quiet roads before attempting to drive in heavy traffic.
- The trailer size is directly related to the number of adjustments you will need to make while driving with it.
- Make sure the trailer is properly attached. Check the safety chains, lights and license plates.
- Keep a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. It takes longer to slow down and stop with a trailer in tow.
- Take wider turns. Your vehicle is double its normal length now that you have the trailer attached.
- Driving in reverse with a trailer is a skill that takes a lot of practice. Expect to make adjustments the first few times you drive in reverse.
- Take it slow. Be safe a drive a little below the posted speed limit.
- Parking lots may be difficult. You may not be able to park in a small parking lot at all. Park in an area of the lot where there are few vehicles.
As with anything, practice makes perfect!