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Balancing A Cargo Trailer

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Fitting all of your stuff in a trailer requires some knowledge and a lot of patience. But if you just throw things in the trailer without properly organizing it might not the best way to load your things. There is a right way and a wrong way to load a trailer, and the incorrect way can lead to serious repercussions.

Take a look at this infographic, Properly Loading a Trailer Is a Difficult Balancing Act, the next time you prepare to start loading your trailer. Be sure to remember the correct weight limitations of the vehicle doing the towing and the trailer itself.

A properly packed trailer can be the difference between a routine trip and being the instigator of a serious accident. Inadequately arranged cargo in trailers can cause the trailer to start moving side to side — swerving back and forth — and if the driver were to speed up, it can starting whipping, which makes it extremely difficult to keep control of your vehicle and can create an unsafe situation for all vehicles on the road.

Correct packing techniques, safe driving, and staying attentive and alert are the most critical factors to safely towing a trailer. Never speed with a trailer attached. If you observe that the trailer starts to swerve, take your foot off the gas pedal and until your vehicle slows itself below the speed limit. Do not slam on the brakes. Keep your steering wheel straight and pointed forwards. As soon as you can stop yourself safely, do so and reload your trailer as described in the infographic.

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