When you tow a boat or trailer, you will have to adjust your driving. You will also want to make sure that your vehicle has been properly maintained. If you are not sure how often this should be, contact us. We can advise you on the correct schedule to ensure it is in the best condition. Besides being maintained, we can also make sure your vehicle can handle towing something. This will help prevent an unexpected breakdown on the side of the road.
Take Wider Turns
It’s easy to forget when you’re cruising along that you have an extra length to your vehicle. Turning quickly into an available gas station or fast-food drive through without considering your wide load can be an issue. Your trailer has a tighter turning radius than your tow vehicle. Period. If you’re barely clearing that curb with your truck, your trailer won’t.
Adjust your Distance
Since you will be towing more weight, consider how much longer it will take to come to a stop. You will not want to wait until the last second to slam on the brakes. One of the side effects of slamming on the brakes is that it can lead to jackknifing or cause dangerous trailer sway. Gradually apply pump brakes to bring the heavy load under control. Also know how to hang onto the wheel. When you’re backing up, place your hands on the bottom of the steering wheel. Then, move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to go. Aim toward the passenger side of your tow vehicle and the trailer will go right. Face forward and let your mirrors be your guide. If you need to have vehicle checked over before you tow a boat or trailer, contact us. We can have it inspected to ensure it will handle it efficiently.