While it may seem like no big deal to hook up that trailer to the back of your truck or SUV and head out on your way, there is a lot that you need to consider and be prepared for when towing anything. Turning is something that can be drastically different than when you are driving your vehicle normally. It is important that you take several precautions when you are turning your vehicle to avoid getting into an accident. Citywide Towing Service is here to walk you through safely turning when you are towing something with your vehicle.
Preparation & Driving Tips for Safe Towing
As a driver, you have certain responsibilities anytime you get behind the wheel. When you are towing something, you then have even more responsibility. Part of that responsibility is making sure you are using certain safety precautions when you are turning. Here are some tips to help ensure you are safe when turning your vehicle while towing.
– Plan Ahead: If you know that a turn is coming up, you should be planning for it long before it gets there. If you carefully think about every aspect of turning while towing, it will greatly diminish the chances of you getting in an accident and putting other drivers in danger as well. When you are turning while towing, it is all about precision. This may mean that you need to plan to slow way down to get it right.
– Turn Wide: You will have to turn significantly wider when you are towing something in comparison to driving normally. The trailer that you are pulling will also turn much sharper than the vehicle you are driving. You need to plan for this and take action to make your turn significantly wider than you normally would.
– Utilize Your Mirrors: Your mirrors are going to be your best friend when you are towing. Before you start driving, make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted to give you the help you need in towing a trailer safely. Double and triple check these mirrors before you start turning to ensure you are doing so safely.
– Size Matters when Towing: There are certain aspects of life where size doesn’t matter. When you are towing, the size of your trailer absolutely matters. If you struggle with turning while towing a trailer, you need to practice with a smaller trailer and then as you get more comfortable, move up to a large trailer. Know everything about the trailer you are towing, especially how it turns. This will help you a great deal.
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Sometimes, it’s best to leave towing up to the professionals. At Citywide Towing Service, we have extensive experience and training in towing safely. If you have been in an accident, gotten stuck or need to have an exotic vehicle transported, you can count on us to ensure the job is done right and safety is always going to be our top priority. Call us today!