Driving With a Camper Trailer

As a rule driving is something one does on a daily basis, and because of this we often forget the various hazards that come with the territory. Driving however should be treated with a lot of respect, because the fact is that you’re moving at speeds we as a species were never evolved to travel at, with nothing but a few rather basic safety measures in place to protect us. A ‘crumple zone’ for instance and an air bag built in to cushion us. This is before we even mention the tank of explosive chemicals we transport while we do it. The slightest problem with our car could potentially lead to a very serious accident, and even a momentary lapse in concentration could cause us to drive headlong into oncoming traffic. All of this is the reason it is so very important that we make sure take every step possible to make driving a car as safe as it possibly can be, and that we are as aware and alert as possible too.

Now imagine that on top of all this you also have a camper trailer attached to the back of the car. This makes your vehicle slower to respond, larger and so more likely to hit other objects, and generally less predictable for other traffic on the road. Coupled with the fact that it’s so easy to forget that the trailer is there, this is somewhat a recipe for disaster unless we are very careful and take sensible precautions.

As such then you need to drive particularly carefully if you are dragging a trailer behind you, and you need to take as many precautions as possible to avoid an accident. For instance it is very important that you take a defensive stance when driving. Defensive driving effectively means driving in such a way that you are minimizing your chances of an accident – by giving a lot of space to the traffic in front, and by not pulling out at junctions until you are absolutely sure the coast is clear. What all this means is that you are less likely to have to stop the car suddenly and that you have much more time to react. Actually this is very beneficial as a way to drive generally because it means that you will also save fuel (by stopping and starting less often) and in many cases that you will actually arrive just as quickly (because you will have had fewer incidents along the way).

At the same time you should also make sure to go a lot more slowly than you would if you were driving a car. This means sticking to the slower lanes and it means setting off with plenty of extra time. That way you will be able to rush less and you’ll be much less likely to have an accident.

You should also make sure to maintain your trailer properly and this is something many people often forget. Like a car your trailer has lights, has wheels and has suspension and all of this needs to be maintained lest it lead to an accident or waste fuel.