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6 Towing Tips Before You Find The Perfect Used Truck For Sale Near Terre Haute

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6 Towing Tips Before You Find The Perfect Used Truck For Sale Near Terre Haute

 

If you are in search of a used truck for sale near Terre Haute, you are likely looking to haul something with it in the future. Whether it is a camper, a boat trailer, or anything else, moving a heavy load down the road can be a challenging process. The idea of having another set of wheels hitched behind you provides a much different driving experience than if you were to drive the vehicle by itself. If you overlook something, it could mean serious issues. In order to avoid this, there are a few basics to understand before you begin towing something. At Terre Haute Auto’s used car lot in Terre Haute, Indiana, we understand trucks, and we are experts when it comes to towing. For this reason, we want to provide you with a list of six essential towing tips to understand before you decide on a truck for sale.

1. Ensure Proper Towing Capacity And Correct Equipment

Before you start towing something, it is best to know your truck’s towing capacity; that way, you can understand the limitations of what you can tow. A truck’s owner’s manual should indicate the maximum towing capacity. Aside from this, if you know the weight of what you want to tow, you should strive to find a used truck for sale near Terre Haute that has the correct towing capacity to match. It is also essential to ensure that you are using the correct towing equipment for the job.

2. Pack Your Trailer With Even Weight Distribution

When packing a trailer with cargo, the best way to ensure a safe ride is to distribute the weight of everything properly. Ideally, you should pack a trailer starting with the heaviest items, packing smaller things in the back, and using smaller objects to fill spaces. You should also strive to ensure that all weight is evenly distributed from left to right and that all of the weight is distributed to have a low center of gravity. If you visit any auto dealer near you to buy a truck for trailer towing, you can also consult with their staff to discuss further techniques for packing a trailer.

3. Conduct A Pre-Drive Inspection

Suppose you found the perfect used truck for sale near Terre Haute, and you have your trailer ready to tow. Once everything is prepared to begin towing, you should perform one more step before you depart. This is to conduct a pre-drive inspection of all towing components. To do this, you should check the tires of your truck and trailer for wear and optimal pressure. After this, you should also check all signal lights, ensuring that the electric connections are proper. Finally, you should make sure that the trailer is properly connected to the hitch before driving. 

4. Allow For More Stopping Distance

When you visit Terre Haute Auto’s used car lot in Terre Haute, Indiana, the test drive will be the most significant factor in your truck decision. If you have never driven a truck before, you will likely notice that they take a lot longer to accelerate and brake than the normal cars in our car lot near Terre Haute due to their weight. With a heavy trailer attached, this effect is greatly compounded. Therefore, you should allow for quite a bit of following and braking distance when towing a trailer with a truck.

5. Use Caution When Turning And Changing Lanes

If you ask any of our staff at Terre Haute Auto’s Terre Haute car dealer about safe driving with a trailer, they will mention the difference between handling a normal truck and a truck with a trailer. Turning and changing lanes can be challenging due to more blind spots and less turning radius. For this reason, you should always take turns wide to avoid jackknifing the trailer. You should also use caution when changing lanes, ensuring that you are aware of all traffic and obstacles around you.

6. Watch For Trailer Sway Or Any Other Issues

While on the road, you should maintain a level of vigilance. Not noticing something could lead to disaster when towing something. Crosswinds, big trucks, downhill grades, and high speeds can all cause trailer sway. If you notice trailer sway during your drive, you can take your foot off the gas and manually apply the trailer brakes with a brake controller. 

If you have any other questions about towing or your interested in purchasing a truck, don’t hesitate to visit Terre Haute Auto’s used car lot in Terre Haute, Indiana, to browse our expansive inventory.

 

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