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Tips for using your New Trailer from Leyland Leisure

If you have just bought a new or used trailer, then it is important that you know how to attach it correctly to your vehicle and how to use it safely. Below we explain how to prepare your trailer for use and how to safely drive your vehicle with a trailer attached. Many drivers are a little nervous when they first use a trailer, but there really is no need to feel this way.

If you have just bought a new or used trailer, then it is important that you know how to attach it correctly to your vehicle and how to use it safely. Below we explain how to prepare your trailer for use and how to safely drive your vehicle with a trailer attached. Many drivers are a little nervous when they first use a trailer, but there really is no need to feel this way.

Prepare your trailer

What is most important is that before you start your journey that you ensure that your trailer is securely attached and that any load is fastened down with ropes or strong ties. It is very important that nothing falls off the trailer while you ae driving, as you do not want to cause an accident or damage any items that you are transporting. A good rule to follow is that you should load heavy items towards the front of the trailer, as this is where they will be most stable. Ideally, 60 percent of the total weight should be towards the front of the trailer.

What to do when driving with your trailer

Watching your speed is critical and you should go no faster than 55 mph and always slower when going downhill. It is also important that when on the road that you leave additional space between the front of your car and the car in front. An additional 5 seconds should be added to your breaking time to avoid collisions. As when driving any vehicle, you should always be alert and concentrate on the job at hand. Do not eat or drink while driving. You also need to ensure that you do not make wide turns as the trailer could mount the curb. Most importantly allow yourself more space when passing other vehicles as your length of a vehicle will be much longer than usual, do not forget this fact while driving. It also goes without saying that you should always wear your seatbelt, no matter how short the journey.

Parking your trailer

Many drivers worry when it comes to parking their trailer, but there really isn't anything to worry about. You just need to be extra careful and vigilant. The main rule here is to always have an exit, as you really do not want to have to reverse to get out of any parking space. You also need to take your time and be patient. Parking with a trailer does take a little longer but it gets easier with practice. One great tip is that when backing up, and you are turning in the wrong direction, keep calm and simply pull the car forward to park.

Inspect your trailer before you travel

Before you set off on any journey, even if you have just parked, you need to take a minute to check your trailer. Always check the cables and connector and that everything is as it should be, that nothing has worked itself loose. It is also a good idea to check the tires.

For more information contact the experts at Leyland Leisure Sales.

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