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Tips for Towing

Us kiwis do love to get the boat out, or take the caravan away for the long weekend. To ensure you have a great time, allow some time to check your vehicles before you head away for your leisure time. Here is a list of things to check before towing every time:

Driving
One thing you have to appreciate is how much weight you are towing around. With the trailer hooked up, your movements must be slow, steady and deliberate. If you perform any jerky movements, you're not going to be able to correct the motion the same way as in a car. When driving with a trailer or boat give yourself more space behind other vehicles so that there's plenty of room for braking, which will take longer because of the extra weight.
Remember the maximum speed when towing a caravan is 90kph in a 100kph zone.

Securing your Load
All loads including those carried on trailers should be properly restrained so they can't shift around while the vehicle is moving.

Your trailer must have:
A current WOF and current registration.

Plan your Route
This can save you much time and aggravation. Always plan ahead and know where you're going with the trailer before departing.

Check your Tyres
Before you tow any trailer check the pressure, wheel nuts, and visually inspect the sidewall and tread.

Mirrors
Mirrors are your best friend when towing. Make sure you set yourself up with ones that are big enough and set far enough out from the vehicle to see all the way down to the rear of the trailer.

Practice, Practice, and Practice.
This has to be the all-time best tip you can get. You can read all the information you want, but the only way to truly learn is by doing it over and over again. It's how you learned to drive your car, right? So t

Learn how your vehicle reacts, how long it takes the trailer or caravan to turn and how much extra room it takes to make that turn. This is also a good time to get a feel for the braking. Towing a trailer makes the stopping distance greater and the braking practice will give you a sense of how much distance is going to be a safe distance to stop.

No matter what you are towing, it pays to be cautious before you get on the road, as well as when you are travelling. Be better prepared, and you are less likely to experience any issues. Then you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the long weekend.