If you find that your vehicle has a shortage in available cargo space, it's worthwhile to think about using a cargo trailer. Whether you buy or rent the trailer, you'll be able to tow everything from a recreational vehicle to provisions for a home renovation to camping supplies and more. Cargo trailers come in several styles, but they're typically covered -- making them an ideal way to get your belongings from Point A to Point B securely. Towing a trailer is a skill that you'll have to learn, but doing so is easy enough when you take the right approach. It's paramount to make safety a priority, so keep these three tips in mind once you hook up the trailer to your vehicle.
Use Your Side Mirrors More
Cargo trailers are high enough that they routinely impede the field of sight through your center rear-view mirror. This isn't a big concern, but it is a reminder that you'll need to make a habit out of using your side mirrors more. Once you've connected the trailer and are seated in your vehicle, make any necessary adjustments to the side mirrors so you can see the sides of the trailer and your blind spots. Remember to continuously check your side mirrors in advance of changing lanes, when making turns and, of course, when you're backing up the trailer.
Take Corners Cautiously
While you might be able to zip around corners when you're in your vehicle, the same isn't true once you're towing your cargo trailer. Not only will you have to slow down to take a wide turn around the corner, you'll also have to reduce your speed to avoid the trailer leaning to one side. Taking a corner too quickly -- especially if you've loaded the cargo trailer so the weight of your items isn't equally balanced, risks tipping over the trailer and causing a major accident.
If you're feeling a little uncertain about backing up your cargo trailer, you might find yourself focusing on your mirrors to see the hand movements of the person helping you. Don't get this degree of tunnel vision to the point that you're not aware of your surroundings. Because cargo trailers can often be taller than your vehicle, you'll also have to watch for overhead hazards such as tree branches. As such, it's beneficial to get out of your vehicle and walk around the vehicle and trailer to observe any potential hazards before you back up.Share