How to Reverse a Trailer

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How To Reverse A Trailer

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I have a great aunty who once towed a trailer the whole way through Adelaide without realising she had the trailer attached at all. My uncle had put the trailer on the car, and my aunt had then unwittingly taken the car for the day, including doing the school drop off. She spent the whole day wondering why people were beeping at her and making rude hand gestures.

A funny story and one that gets told at every Christmas party…but thank goodness she didn’t try to reverse!

So today’s blog post is a shout out to my dear great aunty, and should leave you better prepared to reverse your trailer. There are some great guides on the internet about how to reverse and we’re not trying to replicate that information. A really good set of instructions that we found is on the Practical Motoring website  https://practicalmotoring.com.au/car-advice/how-to-reverse-a-trailer/. Instead, we’ve rounded up some of the additional hacks that will help you out when you need to reverse your trailer.

  • Get your passenger or mate to help. This can help you to navigate obstacles. Don’t forget to get them to look out for trees and overhead obstacles!
  • Hold your steering wheel from the bottom so that when you turn to the right or left, the trailer matches your hand.
  • Check your mirrors – if you can see more of your trailer in one mirror, turn the wheel towards that mirror. This will straighten the trailer. You are trying to have the same amount of trailer in both mirrors.
  • Smaller trailers are harder to reverse than large ones. This is because they are more responsive and so less forgiving of little turns of the steering wheel. If you’re learning, learn with something big.

Here at Adelaide Trailer Hire we’ve had more than our fair share of practice at backing up trailers, so if you want any hints or tips, drop in to see us.

 


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