Trailer reversing can be a challenge for average road users. This is because the load weight and length of trailer will make reversing dissimilar to the regular procedure. Hence, the driver can find themselves frustrated when parking in busy areas! To dissolve some of this burden, the following tips are provided:
TRAILER REVERSING TIPS
- Start with your vehicle and trailer straightly-aligned. Before you enter the vehicle check for obstructions behind trailer and where you want to position the trailer.
- Use your side mirrors when reversing and your rear-vision mirror if possible.
- The key is to reverse the vehicle slowly to avoid jackknifing and so that if trailer is not going in the direction you plan you can redirect it by turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction.
- Moving the steering wheel left will make the trailer go right, and turning the wheel right will make the trailer go left. Though, don’t pull wheel down in large motions just use small corrections to get the job done.
- In the case that you need to reverse the trailer at a 90° angle from the vehicle, you may want to practice if inexperienced; an empty car park with no obstructions/vehicles and marked parking spaces is ideal. When executing the maneuver, you will need to hold the left (or right) hand of the wheel down all the way and slowly reverse. You can evaluate your success by checking the alignment with marked parking lines. Don’t be too stressed if the first few attempts aren’t successful!
- Have someone spotting the back of the vehicle (in a safe position) using hand signals you both understand will make your job easier and less stressful. If you don’t have someone, and you’re hesitant then stop the maneuver, exit the vehicle, and assess the situation.