WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TOWING THINGS SAFELY?

Warmer weather is here in Anderson and that means that more people will be packing up and heading out to spend time in the great outdoors. Nearly all vehicles have some sort of towing capacity. Boats, campers and trailers are all common sights on the highway. Whether you are the one doing the towing or you are sharing the road with others who are, here are some important things to keep in mind.

One of the most important concepts to understand is that towing something behind you causes the overall weight that you are moving to increase. Automoblog.net points out that the heavier you are, the longer it will take you to stop. Therefore, leaving yourself enough room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front to stop is vital. Many types of trailers come equipped with braking systems that work with your vehicle so that your car or truck’s brakes do not have to do all of the work. Failure to leave enough room could result in a serious rear-end accident.

How much weight you can carry is also important. Every vehicle has a maximum towing weight and exceeding that number could cause you serious trouble. You could cause damage to your vehicle or possibly even damage to someone else’s. In addition, the weight needs to be balanced correctly on the hitch so that it is distributed evenly across all of your tires.

Accidents involving a car or truck that is towing something may be more severe due to the extra pounds that are involved. It may also be tricky to drive with a trailer if you are not used to it, so you want to drive slower than usual. This is not intended as legal advice and is provided as general information on this topic only.

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