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Getting Your Vehicle Ready To Tow A Trailer

When you attach a trailer to your vehicle for towing, you are adding an excessive amount of weight that can cause strain and damage the vehicle. If the vehicle isn’t ready and the trailer isn’t secured properly, there’s a possibility of you getting into an accident. Fortunately, the process isn’t that complicated and with a few precautions, you can avoid problems or accidents easily. Here are some tips and recommendations that can help with the process:

Check the brakes

The brakes help control movement and ensure the vehicle stops when you need it to. The added load of the trailer means the brakes have to work harder to stop safely and at the right distance away from any obstacle on the road. Before attaching the trailer to the truck, check the brakes thoroughly. Make sure they’re well-lubricated, functional, and perform reliably. It’s a good idea to get the brakes examined by an auto mechanic, especially if you intend to go on long drives with the trailer attached to the vehicle.

Lights on the trailer

Lights are a signal to other vehicles present on the road so they know what they need to avoid in order to be safe. People often underestimate just how important these lights are and how difficult it is to see vehicles without lights on a dark road. If other drivers don’t know where your vehicle is, you’re more likely to get involved in an accident. Make sure the lights are connected to the trailer so vehicles behind know to slow down or when you are backing up. Check the lights to ensure they work every time you drive out with the trailer.

Driving speed

The larger the load, the more carefully you need to drive. Speeding with the trailer attached to the vehicle is just asking for trouble and can lead to a lot of trouble down the line. Make sure to drive at a proper speed when towing and stay within the speed limit. It’s tempting to step on the accelerator, especially on a clear and clean stretch of road, but that can lead to accidents. It’s also a good idea to slow down during turns to avoid accidents because the trailer might slide if you go into a turn too quickly.

Check the vehicle’s capacity

Not all vehicles are capable of bearing the load of trailers and will become too stressed because of it. Check the vehicle manual or consult with an auto mechanic to determine if the car can bear the additional load. If the manual or auto mechanic says the car is incapable of handling it, don’t attempt to attach the trailer to it. Consider renting another vehicle or borrowing a car that can handle the load from a friend.

Check to see if the trailer is hitched properly

Make sure the trailer is hitched properly to the vehicle before you drive. If the connection is loose, the trailer might just become detached and cause an accident. Double check every connection carefully and make sure you take some breaks during the drive to check the connection if you’re driving a long distance. The constant momentum and rough road conditions can dislodge a poorly hitched trailer.

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If you keep these tips in mind, the drive with the trailer will be safe and the car won’t sustain any damage during the journey. That will save you some time, effort, and money. If you want to know more about preparing your vehicle for towing the trailer, don’t hesitate to contact us at Brinkmans Trailers or give us a call at 763-972-3932.