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How to be safe when driving with a trailer

There is always a greater risk when towing a trailer on the back of a vehicle. It increases the length of the entire vehicle which can make it more difficult for cars to pass, and it can also mean that turning becomes more hazardous.

If you drive with a trailer or you are preparing to do so, it is important that you understand what safety precautions should be put into place to increase the safety for yourself and for other people on the road. The following are some tips that will help you to tow trailers more safely.

Regularly check the pressure of the tires

It's important to make sure that the tires are at the maximum recommended pressure so that they run at their absolute best.

Always cross the safety chains

When you make sure that the safety chains are crossed in an "X" shape, it means that the trailer tongue will be caught by the safety chains instead of becoming completely detached in the event of it being dislocated from the main vehicle. Doing this can't go a long way toward preventing a serious accident.

Make sure that the tongue weight is appropriate

The total weight of the trailer is an important safety factor. The weight of the trailer tongue should always be 10 to 15 percent of the total weight of the trailer to ensure that it is stable.

If you have been involved in an incident while towing a trailer, it is important that you make sure that you understand how the law works in regard to trailer accidents.

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