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Safety Tips for Driving with a Trailer

We here at Trick Trucks do our best to supply you with all your truck outfitting needs. Trailer hitches are among the way that we help you use your truck to its fullest potential. Once you have your trailer hooked up to your truck, there are some tips to ensure your safety while driving.

General Handling
Use the driving gear that the manufacturer recommends for towing.
Drive at moderate speeds. This will place less strain on your tow vehicle and trailer. Trailer instability (sway) is more likely to occur as speed increases. (Be sure to check with state laws for posted speed limit when towing)
Avoid sudden stops and starts that can cause skidding, sliding, or jackknifing.
Avoid sudden steering maneuvers that might create sway or undue side force on the trailer.
You will need to slow down when traveling over bumpy roads, railroad crossings, and ditches. However, it is recommended to avoid ditches at all cost.

Braking
Allow more distance for stopping; you are carrying more weight and will take longer to slow down.
If you have an electric trailer brake controller and excessive sway occurs, activate the trailer brake controller by hand. Do not attempt to control trailer sway by applying the tow vehicle brakes; this will generally make the sway worse.
Always be alert for the need to slow down. To reduce speed, shift to a lower gear and press the brakes lightly.

Parking
Try to avoid parking on grades. If possible, have someone outside to guide you as you park. Once stopped, but before shifting into park, have someone place blocks on the downhill side of the trailer wheels. Apply the parking brake, shift into park, and then remove your foot from the brake pedal. Following these parking steps is important to make sure your vehicle does not become locked into park because of extra load on the transmission. For manual transmissions, apply the parking brake and then turn the vehicle off in either first or reverse gear.
When uncoupling a trailer, place blocks at the front and rear of the trailer tires to ensure that the trailer does not roll away when the coupling is released.

If you are interested in having a Trailer Hitch installed in your vehicle, contact Trick Trucks today. We are here for you. All products can be purchased in our showroom and can be professionally installed at all of our twelve locations. If you have any questions, please contact Trick Trucks by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here today! Hard to find items (including grilles) are our specialty.

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