The Art of Hauling a Trailer in Seattle WA – Basic Road Rules

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583Initially, learning how to safely haul a trailer is anything but intuitive.  That said, over time, you will begin to get the hang of it and feel how your trailer affects your tow vehicle’s acceleration, braking, and steering.

Here are a few other things that will become second nature with proper practice:

  • The line the trailer’s wheels take as you round a corner
  • How the tow vehicle and trailer react going over bumps
  • How the trailer and tow vehicle dips in the road or to a sudden gust of wind
  • How quickly the trailer reacts to changes in steering while backing up
  • How sharply you can turn before the trailer tongue puts a crease in your tow vehicle’s bumper or bodywork

Towing your new trailer from Trailer Boss on the open road is easy when the tow vehicle and trailer are well matched and properly set up.

That said, one thing you should always be aware of while hauling a trailer in Seattle WA is the dramatic difference in vehicle acceleration and stopping caused by the added weight of the trailer.

One way to combat this extra weight is to apply the four-second towing rule. To do this, simply leave at least four seconds between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. When road conditions are questionable, leave six or more seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Safe trailer hauling requires your undivided attention. This means that you should put down your phone, keep your hands off your navigation and radio, and focus all of your attention on the road.

The biggest challenge that you may encounter while towing is changing your regular driving behaviors. Remember to slow down and be attentive!

With plenty of practice and patience, you will develop a feel for safe haling methods! If you have any questions about road safety, don’t hesitate to click here and contact our experienced trailer technicians in Seattle WA today!

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