Towing Safety Tips

Chevy Silverado Towing Trailer

 

If you drive a Chevrolet Silverado or any other truck, you likely bought it because you wanted to tow something. Whether you consider yourself an expert or are just starting out, here are a few towing safety tips.

  • Leave more stopping room. Thanks to the trailer and anything in it, your truck now weighs a lot more. This means it will take longer for you to stop. Leave more stopping distance and start braking earlier.
  • Take wider turns. With a trailer in tow, you will not be able to take sharp turns, or your trailer will wind up hitting the curb or even falling over. Start every turn wider than you would with just your truck to compensate.
  • Inspect your trailer. Thoroughly inspect your trailer after hitching it up to ensure everything is properly secured and balanced. Make sure all lights are in working order. Check everything again after driving for 1, 10, and 100 miles.
  • Make it parallel. Both your truck and trailer should be nearly parallel to the ground when hitched. Do not overload your hitch. The tongue-weight should be about 10% of the total trailer weight.

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