Whether you're taking a road trip or taking the family camping, driving with a trailer can be a challenge. According to eTrailer.com, when you add a trailer to your vehicle, the overall handling and rules of driving dramatically change. Using your hitch to tow your favorite travel trailer means you should give yourself more time to slow down and turn corners. It's important that drivers of all experience use trailer brakes to decrease speed evenly with the added weight that's being towed. And, because trailers don't follow the exact path as the vehicle on turns, always remember to safely swing out wider when traveling around bends and corners.
Here are some do's and don'ts of towing to keep you safe on the road.
- Gradually reduce speed
- Travel at an even, moderate speed
- Steady the steering wheel — sudden turns can cause more sway
- Be cautious of potholes and large bumps
- Use a lower gear over large hills or down gravel roads
- Avoid slamming on the brakes — jackknifing could occur
- Consistently stay in overdrive and/or in a high gear
- Attempt to steer out of trailer sway
- Forget to add sway control or a weight distribution system
- Be afraid to safely stop and reload trailer in case of engine problems, sway, flat tires, etc.