You may be a great driver, but other than the basic driving rules and regulations towing needs few special skills. To be safe on the road and make your towing experience easier here are some basic but important do’s and don’ts.
Avoid sway by keeping a good control over brakes and steering
Towing may seem similar to your daily drive but driving with a trailer attached to your car is not so easy. Sudden turns and slippery roads can cause sway which can be very dangerous. To avoid sway, you should keep your steering steady and speed under control. Controlled brakes and accelerator reduces the risk as well.
Calculate the distance accordingly to avoid collisions
You need to remember that you are not the only one on the road. So keeping a check on the side mirrors can help you calculate a safe distance between you and other vehicles. A minimum space of 3-4 seconds between you and the vehicles around you is considered safe.
Take rest to avoid physical and mental stress
Driving itself is a tiring task, and while you are driving with a trailer behind you, it can be a very stressful task to do. Make sure you stop by every 2-3 hours so that you can concentrate on the road. To be safe and reach your destination on time try having another skilled driver with you, who can drive in case you are tired.
Add extra effort while overtaking
While you are on a road trip with a trailer or van attached to your car, you should avoid overtaking. Still, if you need to overtake in certain circumstances try to put in some extra effort, to make sure you are safe. Take more time, keep it slow and maintain a greater space from the other vehicle. Understand your vehicle’s length, width and capacity to maintain the correct speed. Remember there are other drivers on the road too, so when necessary give enough space to them to overtake. This will keep the traffic smooth on the lane.
If you are planning a road trip soon, remember these towing tips.