Backing Up and Parking Tips for Trailers

  • Monday, June 11th, 2012
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Driving a vehicle with a trailer on it is pretty awkward, and that’s something that even the seasoned professionals can attest to. Sure, you get used to it, but it can still be a pain. In any case, we’ll lay out some of the things that you should know that will make everything a bit easier. If you haven’t already, be sure to take in all of the information you can about operating a vehicle with a trailer attached.

Tips for Backing Up

• Hand placement is key – always have your hand on the bottom of the wheel. If you’re turning right, move your hand right. It’s the same with the left.

• Always back up slowly; mirrors can’t give you all of the visibility that you need
• Always have a guide that will assist you in backing up

Tips for Parking

• Try not to park on a grade
• Before shifting into park, have a person place some blocks on the downhill side of the trailer wheels
• When you apply the parking brake, remove your foot from the brake pedal. You need to do this to make sure that your vehicle doesn’t become locked into park
• When uncoupling, place blocks at the front and rear of the trailer

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