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There are a variety of reasons why you might need to move a vehicle from one place to another without actually driving it. It could be a non-runner, you might need to store it out of the way, or it may be a race or antique vehicle that you don’t really want to drive on the road.
Often, opting for car trailer hire is more feasible than towing. This is especially the case if you need to cover a considerable distance. Using a quality, sturdy car trailer will ensure that the job gets done efficiently and safely.
Using a Car Trailer–Some Valuable Tips
The good news is that using a car trailer isn’t as complex as you might think. There are a few simple tips to follow that will make the process much easier.
1. Don’t Fill the Tank
Since gas is heavy, a full tank will add a considerable amount of weight to the car. Bear in mind that the lighter you can make the vehicle, the easier it will be to load it onto the car trailer. A lighter car will also reduce the weight that the towing vehicle has to pull.
2. Drive-up Onto the Trailer Slowly
If the vehicle is running and you’re able to drive it onto the trailer, be sure to do it slowly. Ask a friend to stand at a safe distance and guide you onto the trailer. If you’re nervous or don’t feel comfortable towing a car trailer if you haven’t done it before, it’s best to ask a friend who is licensed and has experience.
3. The Right Gear
Once you have successfully driven your car onto the trailer, put your vehicle in park (neutral) and engage the parking brake. Double-check this again before you get out of the vehicle. Ensure windows and doors are securely locked.
4. Using Straps or Chains
Ensure that the vehicle is tied down with ratchet straps and chains. Secure the vehicle at the front and back and also make sure the tires are secured. Using ratchet straps is a more secure option than a rope. It’s also easier to tighten the slack on a ratchet than it is on a rope.
5. Don’t Speed
When you’re towing a car trailer, it’s important to drive at the minimum speed allowed on that particular road. No matter how secure you’ve tied the vehicle, it’s important to not speed. Check your local legislation for the speed limit allowed when towing a vehicle.
6. Brake In Time
Whilst driving, allow enough room to brake if necessary. Bear in mind that you have a heavy vehicle behind you and suddenly slamming on the brakes could cause an accident, because of the momentum created by the weight.
Avoid busy motorways and driving during peak traffic. It’s also a safer option to avoid driving at night.
7. Check the Trailer During the Journey
If you’re driving from one state to another, it could be a long journey. When you stop for a rest, snack or bathroom break, make sure to check the straps and chains on the trailer. Tug at all the straps and make sure they’re still secure and tight. Check the tires of the trailer to make sure they’re still fine as well.
Benefits of Using a Car Trailer
There are numerous benefits to hiring a car trailer to move your car from point A to point B:
Arrives at the same time:
A car trailer has at least four wheels and you can tow it behind your moving truck or even a bigger vehicle. If you’re moving to a new home, then using a car trailer means your car will get to your destination at the same time you do.
Less wear and tear:
Car trailers also mean that your vehicle will have all four wheels on the trailer and off the ground. Doing this creates less wear and tear on the vehicle’s tires during transit.
Using a car trailer also minimises the sway on the road that you’d experience if you were using a tow dolly or a tow rope.
Can be towed by many vehicles:
Car trailers are suitable to be used with most types of cars such as sedans, SUVs and coupes.
Using a professional auto transporter can be quite expensive, whereas hiring a car trailer is considerably cheaper.
Towing the vehicle with a car trailer won’t add any additional mileage. This is especially necessary for antique or show cars.
Car trailers can also manage heavier weights than regular tow dollies. This means you’ll be able to move bigger cars without much hassle.
Whether you’re relocating homes or simply moving your prized vintage car into storage, the best way to do it is by hiring a car trailer. With the numerous benefits, and the costs you’ll save by hiring, it’s the smart way to go!