If you’re like many Tennesseans, you spend your weekends in the summer driving to and from the lake or the mountains. And chances are, you’re towing something big and heavy on those trips. Whether it’s a camper, a vehicle trailer, or a boat, it’s important that you know how to tow safely to avoid a crash.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you tow:
- Double-check all connections—Is the object you’re towing properly secured on your vehicle’s trailer hitch? Are the lights working? Did you connect the safety chains? It’s easy to become complacent when you tow frequently, but this step should never be rushed.
- Check your trailer tires—Trailer tires are highly susceptible to dry rot and underinflation, especially if you store your trailer outdoors and haven’t used it in months. If any of your trailer’s tires look worn or damaged, replace them before heading out.
- Drive slowly and carefully—Hauling even a small boat or vehicle trailer dramatically changes your turn radius, acceleration, braking, and more. You need to take wide turns and give yourself plenty of time and distance to slow down and stop.
- Don’t exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity—Know how much weight your vehicle can tow and the weight of what you’re towing. If you exceed your vehicle’s maximum limit, you may lose control of it, cause serious damage to the engine or transmission, and even be unable to stop.
Unfortunately, not all drivers take towing safety seriously, and when they don’t, serious accidents can occur. If you or someone you love is injured by a negligent driver this summer, the Nashville auto accident lawyers at Ponce Law want to help. Contact us today.