The ABCs Of Safety When Towing A Trailer Of Furniture During A Move

When you are in the process of moving, you have a few different choices when it comes to moving your belongings. You can either hire a moving company, rent a moving truck, or do what a lot of people do and use a utility trailer to haul your furniture and belongings to the new place on your own. If you have not had a lot of experience with hauling heavier items on a utility trailer, there are a few things that you must do in order to stay safe while you are in the process of moving your furniture. 

Always allow yourself more time for braking.

When you are towing behind you a heavy load of furniture, you should keep in mind that stopping suddenly will be out of the question. Even if you apply your brakes, the heavy load on the trailer will continue to push you further if you try to come to a complete stop. This is why it is important to take it slow and easy while you travel, so you can see obstacles, red lights, and stops in well enough time to stop completely. 

Be sure every item is completely secure. 

If furniture is allowed to shift and move while you are traveling down the road, it will be unsafe for you and the people traveling around you in other vehicles. Make sure every item is appropriately secured before taking off by using tow straps, bungee cords, and rope to tie everything in place. It is a good idea to lay tall items down flat if possible to prevent the danger of them tipping over as you maneuver. Even small items should be safely tucked away and secured.  

Check your mirrors constantly or enlist a friend to follow you. 

Keep an eye on the load of furniture while you are driving by consistently checking your mirrors and making frequent stops to get out and check on the load. It is always ideal to have a friend or passenger with you who can keep tabs on the load on the trailer while you drive. 

Don't forget that you need extra room when turning. 

Your turning radius will be drastically reduced when you are pulling a trailer, but when the trailer is loaded with heavy furniture, you should give yourself even more of a radius. The more room you can allow yourself when making a turn, the less disturbance there will be and the less of a danger it will be that taller items will tip over. 

For more information on hauling, contact a company like TNT Equipment Hauling.