Sway is probably the biggest danger to towing trailers. There are several things that can cause sway:
Improper trailer loading
To minimize the risk of your load swaying, try to center the load over the trailer’s axles. This should be balanced evenly from side to side. Often this is not possible. Just make certain that you don’t put the heaviest part of the load at the rear of the trailer’s axle.
Keeping the trailer and the tow vehicle level will also help to minimize the risk of a swaying.
If your trailer does begin to sway you should gently let off the accelerator without applying the tow vehicle brakes. The trailer should come under control. If you have an electronic trailer brake controller, you can apply the trailer brakes manually to bring the swaying trailer under control.
Don’t accelerate or slam on the brake because this will likely increase the problem.
Always be careful in situations where there are likely to create cross winds. This can occur on bridges or being passed by large tractor-trailers.
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