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Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Pulling a Trailer

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Pulling a Trailer
Trailers offer an immense amount of convenience and possibilities, whether you’re hauling loads or vehicles, for work or enjoyment. But as you hitch your trailer to your truck, you’ll need to keep a few safety tips in mind. Here are a few that could be easy to overlook:

Not Knowing Your Vehicle’s Ratings – Hauling a trailer is dependent upon having a proper vehicle to haul it. Be sure to know the towing limits of your truck, tractor or even car. Don’t overload your trailer if your towing vehicle can’t handle it.

Loading Your Trailer Improperly – uneven loads can cause accidents. Make certain that your trailer is packed properly and that the materials are secure; generally, this means 60 percent of the weight being distributed toward the front. 

Forgetting to Put on Separate Brakes – depending on the size of your trailer and your state’s laws, you’ll need to install a separate brake system and, then, also brake lights. In the state of Pennsylvania any trailer with a GVWR over 3000lbs. requires brakes. Doing this will give you more control on the road.

Failing to Check Tire Pressure – under-inflated tires can cause woes of all kinds. Check your tire pressure frequently, and be sure you’re meeting local regulations.