Trailer Towing Safety Tips

Tow your way to safety with these tips.

Whether you’re picking up autumn pumpkins or finally removing those large pieces of debris from your garden, you may need to add a trailer to your car. Large or small, towing a trailer requires a review of equipment and safety tips.

Before you head out on the open road with your trailer attached, remember to check routes and restrictions on bridges and tunnels, just in case!

Safety Checks

  • Review the towing capacity of your specific vehicle and ensure that you don’t overload it with too much weight or height.
  • Pack your trailer with heavier items in the front half, with even weight distributed on both the left and right sides.
  • Check your tires (of the car and the trailer!) to be sure there’s no damage.
  • Ensure that your lights are working.
  • Check your brakes.
  • Adjust your mirrors before you begin driving.

General Handling

  • Always drive at moderate speeds. This will place less strain on your tow vehicle and trailer.
  • Avoid sudden stops or turns.
  • Make wider turns at curves and corners so that you don’t hit the curb.


  • Allow considerably more distance for stopping.
  • If you have an electric trailer brake controller, and excessive swaying occurs, activate the trailer brake controller by hand.
  • Look at the road ahead for signs of braking. Anticipate the need to slow down so that you can act quickly.

Before you set off, contact your insurer to understand what auto insurance coverage you have on and off the roads. For a customized policy, contact Sausman Insurance Agency, serving Mifflintown, Millersburg, Lewistown, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania today!