Before you go on a trailering trip, you need to hitch up our trailer first. In doing this, safety is your number one priority.
Today, we’re going to discuss the importance of proper hitching.
First of all, you need to clear out the area between your tow vehicle and trailer. This will ensure that nothing will interfere with your hitching process.
If this is your first time hitching your vehicle, check the ball and the coupler first. Each coupler has the required ball size written or stamped on it. If you have the correct ball on your vehicle, lightly grease the ball and drop the coupler in place.
Ensure the coupler is seated and locked on the ball. If you have safety chains, be sure to attach them to your trailer. Also, connect the emergency breakaway switch and wire the plug for your lights to the towing vehicle.
Always check the trailer lights if they are working before you begin your trip. It will help you avoid accidents and signal other cars on your actions. Look for severed wires and burned out bulbs, and attend to immediate repairs and replacements.
Lastly, hitching is one of the most important things you’ll do when driving with a trailer. Poor hitching and maintenance can cause serious accidents. Remember to take your time and check your trailer’s condition before you head out. Check if your trailer is secured to the towing vehicle properly.