Here are some steps to prepare your vehicle for towing:
- Check the owner’s manual: Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should have specific information on how to prepare your vehicle for towing. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Check the towing capacity: Make sure your vehicle is capable of being towed and that the towing capacity is sufficient for the load you will be pulling. Overloading your vehicle’s tow can cause hazards and an unbalanced tow can lead to your vehicle flipping over.
- Check the tires: Make sure the tires are properly inflated and in good condition. Towing a heavy load can put additional strain on the tires, so it’s important to make sure they are in good shape. It is a best practice to check your tires and ensure they are balanced before each haul.
- Check the brakes: Make sure the brakes on your towing vehicle and your utility trailer are in good working order. Towing a heavy load can put additional strain on the brakes. Often, trailer brakes go overlooked, but they need just as much care as your vehicle’s brakes. In the event you don’t use your trailer, be sure to chock the wheels on level ground.
- Check the hitch: Make sure the hitch is properly attached and secure. It is also a good idea to check the hitch ball and ensure it is properly tightened and the right size for the trailer.
- Load the vehicle: When loading the vehicle for towing, make sure the load is evenly distributed and that it is secured properly. Overloading or improperly loading the vehicle can affect its stability and handling while towing.
- Test the lights: Make sure all the lights on the vehicle and trailer are functioning properly. This includes the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. Wire harness connection to your towing vehicle is essential and should be checked often.
- Check the mirrors: Adjust the mirrors on your vehicle. This may seem like common sense, but you want to adjust for the attached trailer. You want a clear view of the trailer and the road behind you.
- Check the emergency equipment: Make sure you have all the necessary emergency equipment, such as reflectors, triangles, even a fire extinguisher. If you do not have any emergency equipment currently, it may be a good idea to invest in them for peace of mind. Primo Trailer Parts sells emergency tool kits as well as other trailer parts and accessories that may be helpful for your towing.
By following these steps, you can help ensure a safe and successful towing experience.