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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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. No Tailgating! Leave extra room between your vehicle and those ahead. When towing a heavy load, the braking distance may be significantly increased.
  4. Trailers need extra cushion when turning so swing wide. Reduce speed and swing a little wide to avoid clipping the curb.
  5. Change lanes slowly and deliberately while watching for impatient drivers that pull out from behind your boat and quickly accelerate into your blind spot
  6. 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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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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