Ready to hitch up that trailer and hit the highway? Whether you’re hauling a boat for a weekend at the lake or moving your entire life in a U-Haul, towing something heavy is no small feat. It’s like giving your car a super serious job interview – you’ve got to prep, dress the part, and show up ready to impress.
But never fear, dear road trippers, I’m here with all the tips and tricks to keep your car safe (and looking sharp) while towing that heavy load whether you’ve finally caved and bought one of those impressive caravans for sale, or you’re lugging your load across state. So fasten your seatbelt, check your mirrors, and let’s roll!
1. Know Your Weight Limits
This is no time for guessing games. Your car has weight limits, and like a grumpy cat, it’s not going to be happy if you push those boundaries. So, be sure to check your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for the nitty-gritty on what your car can handle. You don’t want to overdo it!
2. Hitch It Right or Stay Home Tonight
If the hitch ain’t right, you’re not going anywhere, friend, which is why it is so important that you take the time to ensure that, whatever your heavy load may be, it is safely and correctly attached to your car. YouTube videos may show you what to do in a fashion, but if you really want to ensure there are no disasters on the blacktop, then it is probably a good idea to have a professional hich it up for you.
3. Brake Buddy
Towing heavy loads means you’ve got to pump the brakes – literally. Your stopping distance will increase with your load, so it is really very important that you give yourself plenty of room and take it slow. Nobody’s racing you (and if they are, they’re in the wrong lane).
4. Tire Time!
Your tires are like the shoes of your car, and you wouldn’t wear flip-flops to haul a piano, would you? So, make sure your tires are properly inflated and in good condition. If they’re looking a little tired (get it?), it might be time for a new pair.
5. Mirror, Mirror on the Car
You’ve got a big load back there, and you’ll need to keep a close eye on it if you want your load-lugging journey to go as smoothly as it possibly can. That’s why you might want to consider getting extended side mirrors that allow you to see the entire length of your trailer or load. It’s pretty much like having eyes in the back of your head – without the creepy factor.
6. Take a Test Drive
Before hitting the road, Jack with your load, Jack, it’s a good idea to take a test drive that will enable you to iron out any kinks sooner, rather than later. Get a feel for how your car handles, turns, and stops with that extra weight and all will be well.
Happy heavy load driving!