Getting ready for safe towing

As you look forward to spring, you may start thinking about the opportunities to get outside and start enjoying your favorite hobbies. Whether you are getting ready to get out your boat or travel with your horses, towing can be an essential part of getting ready for summer.

Pulling a trailer can be a tricky part of enjoying your favorite activities. An accident with your trailer can mean costly damage to the assets you were towing and injuries to yourself and others.

Here are a few tips as you get ready to haul your trailer this summer.

Inspect for damage

Your trailer has been patiently waiting for summer, right along with you. However, winter weather and nesting creatures can wreak havoc on your trailer.

Before your first time out, do a thorough inspection of your trailer. You should look for issues such as:

  • Damaged flooring
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Damaged tires
  • Malfunctioning lights and latches

Looking over your trailer well before your first time out will ensure you have plenty of time to make the repairs you need to be able to haul safely.

Plenty of time to stop and turn

When you are hauling a trailer, you will need extra time to stop. You will also need more room to make simple turns.

It may have been several weeks or a few months since the last time you pulled a trailer. Before you head out, you should take a moment to refamiliarize yourself with your trailer and your towing vehicle.

When you take the time to refresh your trailer-driving skills and inspect your trailer, you can protect yourself, your vehicle and the others on the road.