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Fleet safety tip: Safe towing

Summer fun often includes camping and boating – and that sometimes means you’ll be towing something behind your vehicle. If you’re towing a trailer, consider the following before you start out:

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  • Perform a safety inspection
  • Make sure the tow vehicle can handle the trailer weight
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws regarding passengers in the trailer while being towed
  • Practice backing maneuvers prior to starting out 

When backing a trailer, the most important thing to remember is that the trailer will go in the opposite direction of the tow vehicle. It is helpful to have another person help you back the trailer. Here are two methods for backing trailers:

  • Turn the vehicle's wheels to the right to make the trailer go left, and vice versa
  • Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. The trailer will go in the same direction your hand moves (moving your hand to the right will cause the trailer to go right, and vice versa) 

In addition, as you’re driving, be aware of the traffic around your vehicle, because the trailer needs more space in traffic and it takes longer to make directional changes.

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