With the summer fast approaching, the highways will soon be crowded with travellers en route to their weekend getaways.
Whether you’re towing a boat, camper or tractor, there are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road.
Make sure your trailer and towing vehicle are compatible.
Have you ever seen a Mini Cooper trying to tow a tractor? Probably not, and there’s a reason why. You need to know how heavy your trailer will be when fully loaded, as well as how much power your vehicle has to make sure that they’re a good match on the road.
Does your trailer need brakes?
If your trailer is more than 910 kg or 2,000 lbs, the law says that it needs brakes. When your vehicle slows down, the trailer’s weight pushes you forward. This makes your vehicle’s brakes work that much harder to stop safely. Even if your trailer is lighter than 910 kg, adding brakes is a good idea for the increased stopping power.
Be aware of highway passing etiquette.
Because you’ll want to take it slow to reduce the stress on your vehicle’s engine, traffic might start to pile up behind you. If this happens, pull over and wait for the line to pass.
If you need to pass another vehicle, make sure to allow twice your normal passing distance between you and the next vehicle. Your trailer slows you down, which means passing takes more time.