6 Easy Trailer Driving Tips

Here’s a quick summary about driving with a trailer, minus all the technical details like matching the right trailer to your vehicle, loading ratios, and so on:


When turning right, move slightly further past the corner than you normally would. This will prevent you from rolling over the curb, as I did the first time.


Make sure you have plenty of space when passing another vehicle, or you risk hitting it with your trailer.


If you exceed the posted speed limit, you risk losing control of your vehicle. In most towing situations, the speed limit is 55 mph.


Stopping with a trailer requires a greater distance than stopping with your personal vehicle alone. Allow at least 4-5 seconds between yourself and the person in front of you.


To go up and down hills, use a low gear.


If the trailer begins to sway or “whip,” do not brake or accelerate. Straighten up and decelerate by removing your foot from the gas.


I’m much more at ease now that I’ve mastered the fundamental safety guidelines. The following step is to rent a trailer and practice, practice, practice. The more you learn about something, the less you will fear it. The more I learn about them, the more I want to eliminate them.

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