Any time you’re towing something, you have extra responsibilities. Of course, your safety and that of other drivers, as well as the security of whatever you’re hauling, are top priorities, but what about your comfort while you’re pulling a trailer? This matters too, and there are actually a few steps you can take to increase your comfort level AND enhance safety while towing.
Check tire pressure – Checking your tire pressure before each trip only takes a couple of minutes, but it can make a big difference in your ride. Properly inflated tires are an important part of a smooth driving experience, and they also will reduce your risk of experiencing a dangerous tire blowout. Plus, having your tire pressure at the right psi (which is detailed on the side of the tire) will help your tires wear more evenly, thus extending their lifespan.
Set the proper tongue weight – Tongue weight refers to the force pressing down on the trailer’s hitch by the coupler. This should be set between 10 and 15 percent of the trailer’s fully loaded weight to ensure good stability while driving. An equalizing hitch can help transfer some of this weight to the front axle on trailers that don’t have enough rear suspension for a 10 to 15 percent setting.
Secure your load properly – A properly secured load seems like a no-brainer, but it still needs to be mentioned. Check and double check that your load is secure on open trailers, ensuring that whatever you’re hauling won’t move around during the trip. For covered trailers, the same rule applies – even will walls and a ceiling, you don’t want your load shifting. Also be sure to check that the rear door is secure with these types of trailers.
Before you hit the road, take just a few extra minutes to do the things above. It’s a small price to pay for added comfort and security.