Light to Medium Trailers

These trailers are attached to mid-sized cars and trucks with safety chains and trailer hitch. Large side mirrors are generally needed to increase visibility. Towing a trailer places additional stress on the vehicle; it takes the vehicle twice as long to pass, stop, accelerate and turn. Remember the No Zones described before.

Before driving a vehicle with a light to medium trailer attached, perform a safety inspection before each trip. Ensure:

  • The pin securing the ball mount to the receiver is intact
  • The hitch coupler is secured
  • Safety chains are properly attached
  • The electrical plug is properly installed
  • Brake lights, turn signals, and license plate lights are functioning properly.

When driving a vehicle with a light to medium trailer attached:

  • Always allow for the added length of the trailer when you change lanes
  • If your trailer starts to sway, steer toward your target

When backing up, place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. If you cannot see where you are backing up, have someone outside to help guide you. To back the trailer to the left, use your left hand to move the wheel left. to back the trailer to the right, use your right hand to move the wheel to the right.

 

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