Hooray! You finally bought that boat you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s a 14-foot skiff, family runabout or a mean, lean fishing machine, it’s your instant passage to fun on the water. But are you ready to trailer it yourself? If not, some driving practice is in order. To that end, here’s four quick tips for driving with a boat in tow:
- Practice Makes Perfect: Head to the nearest wide open parking lot and spend an hour backing up, parking, and making turns without hitting the curb.
- Swing a Little Wide: Be aware you’ll need to swing a bit wide to keep your trailer lined-up when turning or pulling into parking spaces.
- Better Safe Than Sorry: Don’ t be afraid to use a spotter or to get out and size-up the situation if your trailer appears off-center when parking or backing-up.
- Get A Grip: For driving in reverse, grasp the steering wheel at its base. This ensures the trailer turns in whichever direction you move your hand.
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