The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documented over 50,000 accidents caused by the improper use of a trailer hitch just in one year. Many of these accidents were preventable and caused by human error.
Towing a trailer requires two things: being knowledgeable and equipped for safety. If you can’t answer the following questions, then you might need to read the NHTSA’s step by step towing guide.
- How does the size/weight of a trailer effect which towing vehicle I should choose?
- Are there proper loading and weight distribution procedures that I should follow?
- Why are the trailer manufacturers’ tow ratings important?
- How do I calculate the weight of a trailer?
- How do the hitching, braking, and wiring systems that connect a vehicle to a trailer function?
- Does my state or local government have specific requirements for towing a trailer?
Knowing the answer to each of the questions above ensures that you understand the proper procedures for hitching a trailer.