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5 Towing Tips Before You Find A Used Truck For Sale

Towing Tips for Cars at Elkhart, IN


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5 Towing Tips Before You Find A Used Truck For Sale

 

If you are searching for used trucks for sale, you likely plan on buying a truck to haul something, such as a boat or a trailer. Towing a trailer can be intimidating, whether it’s your first time or you haven’t done it in a while. As a Goshen car dealer, USA-1 understands the anxiety that can come with towing, as there is a level of fear that comes with the increased risk to body and property. However, this anxiety goes away after you understand towing basics and get a bit of hauling experience. To keep you informed and help you get more comfortable with towing, we at USA-1 want to provide you with a list describing some of the basic tips involved with towing. Take a look at the list below for five helpful towing tips before visiting USA-1’s buy here pay here car lot to find a truck.

 

1. Check Towing Capacity

You should start by reviewing the towing capacity of trucks at our Goshen car dealer or any truck dealer near you. When looking at these used trucks near you, it is vital to ensure that the towing capacity is coordinated with whatever you plan on hauling. After all, you wouldn’t want to buy a used truck for sale just to find out that it couldn’t tow what you need. It is also important to understand that if you were to exceed the maximum towing capacity in a truck, it could make your brakes less effective or cause severe damage to the truck’s suspension, engine, and drivetrain. 

 

2. Inspect Truck And Trailer Beforehand

Once you find a suitable used truck for sale that meets your towing needs, you are ready to begin the towing process. Prior to hauling anything, you should always inspect the truck and trailer. The best way to conduct this inspection is to check everything. This includes checking all tires for wear and correct pressure. During the inspection, you should also ensure that all signal lights are working and the brakes are functioning properly. Finally, it is also important to check the trailer connections, making sure that the trailer is connected securely and correctly.

 

3. Pack Trailers Properly

When it comes to towing safety, it is not only essential to stay within the maximum towing capacity, but it is also essential that you properly position all of the cargo within a trailer. Ideally, you would want about sixty percent of a trailer’s load in the front half of the trailer. Aside from this, it is crucial that you evenly distribute the weight on the left and right sides of the trailer. Once appropriately packed, you should then secure all the cargo well to prevent it from moving. If you need more information about evenly loading a trailer, you can talk with our experts at USA-1’s Goshen car dealer to discuss more in-depth topics like tongue weight. If you aren’t in the Goshen area, you can also contact any car lot near you that specializes in trucks, and they should be able to answer any towing questions you may have.

 

4. Adapt Braking And Acceleration

Once you test drive some trucks at USA-1’s used car dealer near Goshen, IN, you will notice the acceleration and braking in a heavy truck is much different than a regular car due to momentum. The increased towing weight compounds this momentum; therefore, you should adapt your driving accordingly. It is vital to practice caution anytime you accelerate or brake with a trailer attached. The acceleration will take a bit longer to get to speed, and you should allow a lot more following distance for braking.

 

5. Use Caution When Turning And Reversing

USA-1’s Goshen car dealer wants to ensure your safety when towing something on the road. For this reason, the final driving tip for towing a trailer is always to use caution when turning or reversing with a trailer. When making a turn with a trailer, you should strive to make wider turns, as sharp turns could cause your trailer to jackknife, potentially causing serious damage. When reversing with a trailer, it is also recommended that you take it slow and have a guide directing you. A guide will be able to watch for any obstacles that you may overlook and ensure your safety while reversing.

 

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