Trailering your boat is no easy task! It’s incredible how many things can go wrong if you haven’t given your full attention to the job at hand. Here are 6 tips for trailering your boat to keep in mind whenever you put your hitch on the ball.
- 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… literally.
- Ease your trailer into motion. Whether pulling out of the driveway or accelerating when the light turns green, take your time to build momentum and accelerate slowly.
- No Tailgating! Leave extra room between your vehicle and those ahead. When towing a heavy load, the braking distance may be significantly increased.
- Trailers need extra cushion when turning so swing wide. Reduce speed and swing a little wide to avoid clipping the curb.
- Change lanes slowly and deliberately while watching for impatient drivers that pull out from behind your boat and quickly accelerate into your blind spot
- If you sense the 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 the overall trailer load. If it’s too heavy, the trailer can sway from side to side.
National Trailer Safety Week is June 5 – 11 this year, so take the time to educate yourself before you hit the road and help make our roadways a safer place one trailer at a time.
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