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Safety Driving Tips for Trailers

Safety Driving Tips for Trailers

The ability to safely haul a trailer is a driving skill that is extremely useful in various situations. Whether you are moving furniture, transporting landscaping equipment, or ATVs, it is essential to know how to haul your trailer safely for yourself and others on the road.

The first step in towing a trailer is knowing how much weight your vehicle can successfully haul. At Millroad Manufacturing, our trailers are available in various options, which all come with different weight restrictions. Whether you have a gooseneck, tilt deck trailer, or dump trailer, each has different towing weight restrictions, so be sure to check the weight limits that are specific to your trailer.

Watch a Pro

Many people find it helpful to watch another person back up the trailer and park it to get the idea before trying it themself. You may want to find someone who is a pro and ask about their techniques for safely handling the trailer.

It is important not to underestimate the difficulty of driving with a trailer. After watching someone else handle the trailer, you should practice parking and navigating quiet back roads before attempting to drive in heavy traffic.

Always be aware of your surroundings when driving with a trailer and keep a greater distance between your vehicle and one in front of you. The extra weight behind your car or truck can make it more challenging to slow down or stop.

When turning corners, take wider turns. As your vehicle is now double its regular length or more, you will need to take significantly wider turns to avoid hitting curbs, other cars, road signs, or running off the road.

Backing up

Going backwards with a trailer can be a little tricky and may take a little practice. Before backing up, you will want to have a plan in place and know any hazards that may be in the vicinity. All angles should be examined to avoid any dangers around the vehicle and trailer, including ditches, fire hydrants, or small potholes that could be dangerous obstacles for your trailer.

Having a spotter can be a huge help when trying to back up a trailer. Have your guide clearly in view and listen to their directions as they will have a better vantage point than you.

Parking

Even if you are not a beginner, parking can sometimes be a difficult task. Depending on where you need to place your tailer, you may need to back up or fit it in a tight space. This isn’t something you want to rush. Take your time and avoid any distractions that may take the focus off your goal. Be sure to adjust your mirrors to have the best possible view and open windows in your vehicle if you need to get a better view or speak with a spotter.

When parking, tilt deck trailers in particular, offer a unique challenge because they often need to be placed in the correct position before unloading the cargo. Like backing up, you should always have a plan in mind and think about the trailer’s position before maneuvering the trailer into any parking position.

Driving with a trailer is a skill that will enable you to transport a variety of items. It is essential to learn how to operate your vehicle safely with the trailer to build your skill and boost your confidence. After a few trips with your trailer, you should be able to handle it comfortably and safely.

If you are looking for a new trailer to fit your needs, Millroad Manufacturing offers a variety of options that can be custom designed for your job.