Before driving, make sure your
vehicle and trailer maintenance is current. This is very important
because towing puts additional stress on the tow vehicle.
(Review the next section of the brochure for an overview of
- Check and correct tire pressure on the
tow vehicle and trailer.
- Make sure the wheel lug nuts/bolts on the
tow vehicle and trailer are tightened to the correct torque.
- Be sure the hitch, coupler, draw bar, and
other equipment that connect the trailer and the tow vehicle
are properly secured and adjusted.
- Check that the wiring is properly connected—not
touching the road, but loose enough to make turns without
disconnecting or damaging the wires.
- Make sure all running lights, brake lights,
turn signals, and hazard lights are working.
- Verify that the brakes on the tow vehicle
and trailer are operating correctly.
- Check that all items are securely fastened
on and in the trailer.
- Be sure the trailer jack, tongue support,
and any attached stabilizers are raised and locked in place.
- Check load distribution to make sure the
tow vehicle and trailer are properly balanced front to back
and side to side.
- Check side- and rear-view mirrors to make
sure you have good visibility.
- Check routes and restrictions on bridges
- Make sure you have wheel chocks and jack