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3 Trailer Safety Tips for Smooth Towing

Tue, Nov 01, 2022 at 10:06AM

3 Trailer Safety Tips for Smooth Towing

Whether you are towing a trailer for work or play, it is vital that you do so safely. Otherwise, you could cause some major property damage to your vehicle and trailer, as well as other vehicles on the road. Even worse, you hurt yourself or others. 

Fortunately, you can safely arrive at your destination by following these three trailer safety tips. Before you connect to your trailer and hit the road, you should:

1.     Be Attentive When Pulling Trailers in Orlando (or Other Big Cities)

If you regularly tow trailers in Orlando, or any other busy metropolitan area, you know just how dense the flow of traffic can be. Not only must you contend with lots of traffic, but vehicles frequently start and stop as they navigate congested streets. Therefore, it is vital that you pay close attention to what is going on around you.

Make sure to avoid distracted driving, keep your phone put away while in motion, and focus on the road. Following these simple tips will help you quickly react when the flow of traffic changes.

2. Stick to a Regular Maintenance Schedule

If you want to stay as safe as possible when towing a trailer, stick to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. A few of the maintenance services that you should schedule include the following:

  • Tire rotation
  • Bearing and seal service
  • Brake service and replacement
  • Suspension maintenance 

Additionally, you should visually inspect your trailer before every trip. Ensure that all lights and signals are working properly. If your turn signals, brake lights, and other signals are not functioning, get them repaired as soon as possible. These signals help you notify other drivers before you change lanes or make a turn.

3. Purchase Trailer Parts from a Reputable Dealer

Finally, make sure to purchase trailer parts in Orlando (or your home city) from a reputable provider. A trailer dealer can help you find the correct parts for your trailer make and model.

While it may be tempting to use universal parts, doing so is just asking for trouble. Typically, these off-label parts do not function as reliably as those that meet the manufacturer’s original specifications. 

Before your next trip, carefully inspect your trailer and make sure to replace any malfunctioning components immediately. Once you hit the road, pay close attention to your driving pattern and the behavior of other drivers. 

By following these simple tips, you can keep yourself, your cargo, and other drivers safe.

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