Proper Towing of Boats and Trailers
The improper towing of boats can create dangerous driving conditions resulting in traffic accidents.
When towing a boat or trailer:
Ensure that the tires on the trailer and tow vehicle are properly inflated.
Connect safety chains properly.
Make sure that your boat is properly secured to the trailer.
Check that the trailer’s signal lights and brake lights are operating properly.
Ensure that the trailer is properly secured to the trailer hitch.
Secure and contain all equipment and cargo. This will keep it from shifting within the boat which can affect stability or falling out into traffic.
Allow for more space between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you. The added weight will increase the stopping distance required.
If you are traveling for an extended period stop in a safe location to make sure brake lights and signal lights are still working properly.
Exercise caution when passing another vehicle. The added weight of the boat can dramatically reduce acceleration.
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