5 Towing tips every driver should know

By: Bargain Auto Centre   |   22 Apr 2019

There is no better way to get a large load from A to B than to tow it there yourself; however, there is an art to doing so efficiently, effectively, and safely. The following tips will make your next towing mission a whole lot easier.

  1. Know your limits

Overloading your vehicle isn’t just bad for it, it can put your safety and that of others at risk as well, so before you do anything else find out how much weight your vehicle was designed to handle and stick within these limits. For best results, weigh each item before you load it so that you have an accurate idea of exactly what you are carrying, and stop by your local weigh station before you head off to double-check those numbers.

  1. Balance your load

Packing your load for optimal balance will make it a whole lot easier to control and the best way to do so is to pack 60% of the weight towards the front of your trailer and 40% towards the rear. Heavier items should also be packed towards the bottom with lighter items on top, as this will help to prevent anything from being damaged on route. To keep that beautifully balanced load in place, tie down absolutely anything that could possibly come loose.

  1. Master your moves

It can be a little tricky controlling your vehicle when there is a large or heavy load attached to the back of it, making it wise to take some time getting the hang of it before you head off. Simply head to a quiet and safe place in your local area (such as a large, empty parking lot) and spend some time getting used to those awkward angles and reduced visibility. Don’t forget to practice your reverse parking skills too, as doing so while towing is truly an art-form in itself.

  1. Take it slow

Allow plenty of time for getting where you need to go and take your time; after all, towing a trailer can be challenging enough without driving faster than it is safe to do so. If possible, time your trip to avoid the worst of the traffic as well, as this will ensure that you can get from A to B without having to battle through busy roads with a ride that isn’t quite as agile as what you are likely used to.

  1. Stop, check, repeat

No matter how far you are going, make it a habit to stop and check that all is well with your vehicle and trailer regularly, such as that those chains are still attached properly, that everything is locked and secure, and that your tires are still handling that extra weight okay. If nothing else, at least be sure to closely inspect all of these vital elements every time you stop for gas.

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