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Towing Safety

When towing a trailer or farm equipment, follow these guidelines to ensure driving safety:

  • Ensure that the trailer and hitching attachments meet local and state requirements. The trailer must have a current tag and registration.
  • Inspect the trailer's wheels and the towing vehicle's wheels to ensure they are in good working order.
  • Ensure that the trailer hitch is sufficiently strong and properly mounted.
  • Make sure that the towing ball is the correct size for the trailer hitch.
  • Always secure a safety chain between the trailer and the towing vehicle.
  • Inspect all indicator lights to ensure they are working.
  • Adjust mirrors as necessary to view the roadway behind the trailer.
  • Adjust your speed and apply brakes evenly to allow for increased stopping distances.
  • When backing a trailer, it is helpful to have another person behind the trailer to guide you. Put your hand on the bottom section of the steering wheel and turn the wheel in the direction that you want the trailer to move.





May 2011
Reviewed November 2014