Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What safety tips should I follow when towing a trailer?

asked by on

What safety tips should I follow when towing a trailer?

Adding a trailer to your car means that you have additional weight to deal with, but it also means that you have additional length. Depending on the load you’re carrying, it may also mean additional height. Follow these simple safety tips when towing a load:

  1. Speed: Drive slower than normal.

  2. Gears: Use a lower gear for hills, but use drive for flat, level roads.

  3. Turns: Turn slowly and swing wider, particularly in right-hand turns.

  4. Braking: Brake sooner - sudden or hard braking can cause the trailer to flip.

  5. Hills: Pay close attention to the coolant temperature gauge when towing in a hilly area. It puts additional strain on the engine and may cause overheating.

  6. Wind: A trailer will be more susceptible to wind – drive more slowly and avoid high winds.

  7. Reverse: Backing a trailer can be difficult. If you’re not experienced, try to park in areas where you can pull straight out.

  8. Parking: Make sure to set the parking brake and consider using a chock behind each tire on the trailer.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: For some reason my car starts up whenever i hook up the positive cable to the battery.

There are a few things that may cause this concern. A faulted ignition switch may cause the starter to activate if the switch is electronically stuck in the crank position. In this case, the system thinks you are turning the...

Q: Car won't accelerate

Hi There, It sounds like you are describing the symptoms of a failing throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor monitors the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in relation to your foot position on the...

Q: What should my rotors measure at if replacement is needed?

The front rotors minimum thickness is 23 mm and for pads is 2 mm. The rear rotors minimum thickness is 9 mm and pads is 2 mm.

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.