Don’t confuse driving a truck with towing a trailer! In order to ensure a successful trip when hitting the road with this kind of equipment you need to make sure to set up properly. Although hauling a trailer can be quite an easy process, overlooking details can lead to costly mistakes and disastrous consequences. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, here are some safety tips for towing a trailer to keep in mind and getting home safely.
6 safety tips for towing a trailer
- Maintenance matters, not only because it will protect your investment and prolong the life of your equipment, but also because you need to hit the ground running when taking the road. It’s common to think that because your trailer is properly stored it will be preserved in great condition, but this is not always the case. Make sure to at least check lights and tires, and don’t forget about proper maintenance for your truck or SUV too!
- Weight matters. Distributing it evenly is ideal. You don’t want to overstuff your cargo area, so make sure to understand your equipment’s capacity and stick to the recommended weight.
- Keep your distance! When traveling with cargo, your SUV or truck will need additional response time. Even if you’re a skilled driver, when towing a trailer remember that conditions will change and it could be harder to keep things under control. Adjust your mirrors and check your brakes before you start driving.
- There are specific laws that apply when towing a trailer. Before hitting the road, it is your responsibility to be completely familiarized with the road’s safety norms to ensure a safe ride for you and other drivers.
- Wind calls for extra attention. When traveling in high wind conditions stability will be affected for both your main vehicle and cargo. Avoid accidents by driving more cautiously or even stopping when conditions are not optimal. Saving a few hours is not worth putting yourself (and others) at risk.
- Always ensure compatibility between the vehicle you’ll be using for towing and your trailer. Driving a smaller vehicle with cargo that surpasses its towing capacity should be avoided at all times, even if you plan on driving small distances.
This is a small list of basic safety tips for towing a trailer that everyone should have handy. We also recommend having a going through quick checklist before a big trip and conducting proper scheduled maintenance if you use your equipment regularly. Remember that our experts at GR Trailers have your back for all things trailer related. Safe trips!