If the personal and vehicle conditions are met, we must also pay attention to a few rules in order to drive safely with the trailer. In our current blog post we will learn about the correct loading of the trailer and safe driving. Read on.
How to load the trailer properly and safely?
You need to load it evenly keeping in mind the stability of the vehicle. Secure the load so it does not slip, fall down, spill or scatter. You must make sure that it makes minimal noise and does not cause pollution on the road.
When loading the trailer we need to take into account the change in the centre of gravity of the trailer. Keep in mind that the coupling head of the trailer can only exert a maximum of 45 kg load on the towbar. When loading, we must also make sure that the back of the car is not lifted by the loaded trailer as this would be dangerous for driving.
When attaching the trailer, always check the electrical cables, lights and safety chains. If you are curious about our 7 +1 tips on how to load your trailer, read our blog post about it.
How to travel with a trailer attached vehicle?
There are a few rules that you need to keep in mind for safe driving. Let us get to know them and stick to them.
The weight of the trailer and its cargo increases the combined weight of the vehicles. Because of this it will be more difficult for you to accelerate. In addition, the effectiveness of braking will be worse and the stopping distance increases especially if the trailer is not equipped with a brake. It may also be necessary to apply more force to the brake pedal.
Always keep in mind that our vehicle is longer than usual and will behave differently when cornering, you should expect track deviation. You must comply with the traffic rules for the combination vehicle at all times.
How to reverse with a trailer?
According to the regulations currently adopted in the European Union, it is not possible for the driver to get out of the car and practically disconnect the brake before reversing. They used to make such trailers and you can still see some on the roads, but no new trailer may be manufactured with this solution. The main reason for this is that many forget to reset it after reversing. It is the safest to ask someone to help you guide you while reversing. When reversing, steer against the direction of travel of the trailer and just before jack-knifing, turn the steering wheel to steer the trailer in the desired direction of travel. If jack-knifing has occurred, drive forward to correct the procedure.
If you are curious to know how to drive safely with a trailer in more detail, read our blog post about it.
What are the rules of driving on the motorway?
If category D2 or B2 vehicles perform the towing, a category U e-vignette must be purchased for the trailer to its registration number. Remember that the maximum speed allowed on motorways is only 80 km/h.