Are you preparing to tow a boat or a trailer for the very first time in Vicksburg, MI? If so, you will want to take a look at the towing safety tips outlined in today’s post from the team at Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM.

Check Towing Capacity of Vehicle and Trailer

You need to check the towing capacity of both your vehicle and the trailer before doing anything else. Make sure your vehicle can handle the added weight. Even if it will be a little bit more than what is recommended you shouldn’t tow the trailer. The trailer can also withstand only so much weight loaded onto it.

Check Tire Pressure

You need to check the tire pressure on the vehicle and the trailer. Compare the pressure of each tire with what is recommended from the manufacturer in the owner’s manual. Add pressure when necessary and let air out of the tires if they happen to be inflated too much.

Check Connections

All trailers need to be connected to the vehicle before you can head out on your excursion. This includes hooking up the ball on the trailer to the hitch on the vehicle. It also includes connecting the wires of the trailer to underneath your vehicle so that the brake lights, turn signals, and tail lights work on the trailer.

Secure the Load

Before pulling away from the dock or from your driveway you need to secure the load no matter what it is. This means ensuring the boat or other personal watercraft is sitting on the trailer correctly. It also means checking the load on the flatbed trailer to make sure it does not fly off while in motion.

Do you have questions about your vehicle’s towing capacity? Are you unsure of the hookups required to tow a boat or a trailer? Stop by our dealership, conveniently located at 13475 Portage Road in beautiful Vicksburg, MI to have your vehicle checked prior to your next trip.