Once you learn the ins and outs of hitching a boat to a truck or trailer, read on to learn about towing a boat properly and safely for your next road-trip and water vacation.
Safe Boat Towing
When it comes to towing a boat, once of the most difficult and crucial points of training is learning how to make a turn. Driving in a straight path can seem easy enough, but taking that first left or right can have rookies stumbling over what to do. The first important factor to remember is that the turn is going to require a much wider range. Keep checking your mirrors and be sure to accommodate enough space for the turn; this means being aware of other drivers and vehicles, and knowing the amount of space given for the turn. If the turn is too narrow, you may have to find another path, or have friends get out and direct you through the turn manually. These helpful reminders can get you through this obstacle and reduce the amount of mailboxes and street signs you take out!
When it comes to backing up with a boat in tow, visibility is the key factor. Before hitting the gas to back up, double check your mirrors. It may be helpful to get out of the vehicle before backing up, to assess the area and space available for driving. Once you have a very good idea of what is behind you, check your mirrors once more to be sure the back is still clear. From here, begin to move slowly and make small adjustments with the steering wheel, until you reach your desired destination. Ideally, experts would suggest avoiding backing up altogether, but we know this isn’t always the case.
Last, always remember that your brakes will be affected when towing a boat or other water craft. Braking will be different because of the added weight to your vehicle. Be sure to accommodate space and time to allow for proper braking times. Just remember, the heavier the load, the longer it will take for your vehicle to come to a stop.