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Tips for Driving with a Trailer

What to Know Before You Go

You would think proceeding carefully would be intuitive when it comes to trailering a boat. Still, it’s amazing how many things can go wrong if you aren’t paying full attention to the task at hand. Here’s a few pointers to keep in mind whenever you put your hitch on the ball. 

  • Time Cushion: Don’t rush. Fully load your vessel hours before a trip to ease the pressure of getting an early start. Racing to catch a prime tide is a classic scenario that leads to problems down the road.
  • Accelerate Slowly: Ease your trailer into motion. Whether pulling out of the driveway or accelerating when the light turns green, take your time and build momentum.
  • No Tailgating: Leave extra room between your vehicle and those ahead. When towing a heavy load, braking distance may be significantly increased.
  • Swing Wide: Trailers need extra cushion when turning. Reduce speed and swing a little wide to avoid clipping the curb.
  • Slow Change: Change lanes slowly and deliberately while watching for impatient drivers that pull out from behind your boat and quickly accelerate into your blind spot.

Don’t Be Swayed: If you sense trailer swaying – even slightly - immediately pull over and redistribute weight. Tongue weight (load at the front of the trailer) should be 10- to 15-percent of overall trailer load. If too heavy, the trailer can sway from side to side. 

Written by Tom Schlichter. Tom is a full-time outdoors writer, editor and marketeer living on Long Island, NY. Follow him on Facebook at @outdoortomcorp or visit his website at www.outdoortom.com

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