When it comes to towing trailers, there are some helpful tips to keep even the most seasoned drivers safe on the road, regardless of what they are hauling. There are a lot of things that a driver needs to take into account when hauling a trailer or equipment of any kind.
The first thing is the weight of the trailer and the load in the trailer and make sure the vehicle will be powerful enough to handle the load without much difficulty. The weight capacities of the vehicle, the trailer hitch, ballmount, ball, and safety chains must not be exceeded by the gross trailer weight (GWT). What many people do not realize is the way the trailer is loaded can have a ton of effect on how the trailer will ride behind the tow vehicle. If the trailer is too front heavy or back heavy, there is always the possibility of reconfiguring the load to be more “ride friendly.” One tip to avoid having to reconfigure is to place heavier items in the front of the trailer ahead of the front axel. Also, it is suggested that the items in the trailer are tied down to avoid any product shift which can cause trailer sway and keep the road safer. Also, centering the cargo left to right is a smart idea to have proper weight distribution within the trailer.
After the trailer is loaded properly and safely, the driving can begin. Pulling a trailer behind a vehicle will obviously add more weight to the full load and therefore it will take longer to speed up. However, more importantly, it is critical to remember that it will take longer to slow down as well. The driver should know their limits and be fully aware of surroundings whether it be a stop-light or a car slamming on the breaks in front of them.
The weight will also affect the handling of the vehicle as well. Turns can cause an issue when towing a large trailer. The driver should remember that the trailer will need extra space to turn so he or she should ensure that their turns are wider than normal.
A few of the big things to remember when towing are to; reduce speed at a gradual pace, avoid taking sudden turns as it can cause the trailer to sway, never slam on the breaks as it will cause the trailer to jackknife and do not accelerate rapidly. There is much more one can learn on the internet, visit website and tons of literature on the hauling a trailer.