Towing Safety for Your Trailer
Whether you’re towing a camper or boat for a little vacation or hauling a trailer to bring a child back to college or to help with a move, there are ways you can keep yourself and everyone else on the road safe.
Here are 4 safety tips—from a trusted towing service provider—when towing a trailer:
Take Your Time
Speed kills and is a leading cause of accidents. When you have a trailer, you need to slow down to a slower pace than you usually drive, generally no more than 55 km/h. If your trailer begins to sway, it could actually start to whip if you go too fast. Lower your speed if you notice this happening. Do not apply your brakes suddenly, as you could lose control.
If You Lose Control, Stay Calm
If you go off the paved roadway, do not steer sharply or apply your brakes. When towing something heavy like a trailer, sudden moves like that can be hazardous if your momentum sends you in the wrong direction. Instead, let off the gas gently and slowly drive back onto the pavement once your speed is reduced.
Inspect Your Trailer
Be sure to perform a check of your trailer lights before you start. Confirm the trailer is correctly wired to the tow vehicle and manually inspect your connections. Ask someone to partner with you in checking the running lights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights.
Consider Additional Safety Equipment
If you’re planning to do a lot of towing, particularly in remote areas, consider purchasing a tow vehicle with a larger fuel tank. Trailers use a lot more gas, and the last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of a road or unable to get gas when you need it.
If you’re looking for a reputable towing service provider near you, VM Towing is the one to call. The company is one of the go-to tow service providers in the Milwaukee, WI area. Get in touch with me today by calling me at (262) 218-6592.