Towing a trailer is one of those skills that a lot of people inherit. Your watched your parents do it so often enough that eventually, you picked it up. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve! For those who’ve maybe never done it, or could stand to improve, we’ve tossed together a few tips for towing a trailer.
First of all, manufacturers don’t calculate the gross combined weight rating for nothing. This is the combined weight of everything; “vehicle, occupants, and cargo, plus everything in and on the trailer,” says Popular Mechanics. Make sure you are under the GCWR!
When you’re on your way to the lake, cutting a corner and snapping off a fire hydrant can really set you back. In other words, don’t forget you’ve got a trailer behind you and that this requires a different kind of driving. Turn later than you normally would -and sharper- to “square off the curve.” If you experience sway, don’t slam on the brakes. Slow down gradually until you get things under control.
Nervous about reverse? Popular Mechanics recommends you simply avoid situations where you need to back up. If you can’t help it, try gripping the steering wheel at the bottom then “move it in the direction you want the trailer to go.”