Don’t know the basics when it comes to towing a boat? We’ve got you covered.
With the rise in temperatures (100 to sometimes over 110 degrees) your mind may drift to images of relaxing by the lake or river. With the heat of summer, many families take part in the classic Arizona practice of towing their boat to a nearby marina.
But with great power comes great responsibility when it comes to owning a boat. As boat owners know, learning how to drive a trailer alone is difficult, but there a few tips and tricks we gathered that will help make trailer travel, in general, a bit smoother.
Make a Checklist
Don’t be afraid to utilize a good list. Checking “to-do’s” off of a list can help give you peace of mind. It’s simple enough to do. With so many apps and websites to help you out, there is bound to be a checklist tool you’ll like. Replacing the drain plug, checking the tire pressure on your trailer and securing the boat’s motor in the upright position may sound simple, but can easily be forgotten.
Increase in Weight
Towing a boat is heavy and can weigh down your car, but add in multiple coolers, chairs and more, and you have a car that is weighed down more than usual. Keep this in mind when merging and turning corners.
Braking Will Take More Time
Sounds simple enough, right? Well considering how much weight is now in the back of your vehicle it’s easy to forget that it will take much longer to stop safely. Keeping a longer than normal distance between you and the car in front can be the difference between a great family outing and missing out on the fun entirely. Better to be safe on your drive than sorry!
Hands at 7 and 5
10 and 2 won’t help you as much as putting your hands on the steering wheel at 7 and 5. By repositioning your hands there, you’ll be able to steer the trailer exactly where you want without having to over think. Turn the wheel toward the passenger door, and the trailer will go to the right. Turn the wheel toward the driver side door, and the trailer will go left.
There are a ton of tips and tricks online to follow when it comes to owning a boat and what to do when you drive a trailer. We encourage you and your family to check out all the articles you can and stay safe this summer! Most importantly, if you recently purchased a new watercraft, give us a call to make sure you’re covered before hitting the water.