Driving in reverse with a trailer: 10 steps (with pictures)

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Driving in reverse with a trailer: 10 steps (with pictures)
Driving in reverse with a trailer: 10 steps (with pictures)
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Driving in reverse with a trailer isn't as difficult as it seems, especially after you've had some practice.

Steps

Back a Trailer Step 1
Back a Trailer Step 1

Step 1. Keep in mind that you need to know in advance where you want to go with the trailer

The route must already be planned, you must know the direction in which the trailer is going to move, which way to steer the car, the position of nearby objects, etc.

Back a Trailer Step 2
Back a Trailer Step 2

Step 2. Never place one hand on the handlebars or turn your body and head to look behind

Instead, use your rear-view and side mirrors, and keep both hands on the wheel.

Back a Trailer Step 3
Back a Trailer Step 3

Step 3. Turn the steering wheel to the right to turn the trailer to the left

You can also see it this way: the underside of the steering wheel moves in the same direction as the trailer. Looking back can help you get a good feel for the steering direction.

Back a Trailer Step 4
Back a Trailer Step 4

Step 4. Turn the trailer around the corner by (as described above) turning the trailer in the direction of the corner, then you need to steer a little in the opposite direction to keep the same angle

Back a Trailer Step 5
Back a Trailer Step 5

Step 5. The most common way to reverse is to turn the trailer to the left

If possible, turn the trailer to the driver's side as the other side is harder to see. Follow these instructions:

Back a Trailer Step 6
Back a Trailer Step 6

Step 6. When you approach the place you want to turn into, drive past it first

Steer slightly to the right, toward the center of the road, then steer your car sharply to the right, making an angle with the trailer (less than 180 degrees to the left, as if you were making a left turn ahead).

Back a Trailer Step 7
Back a Trailer Step 7

Step 7. Place your hands on the underside of the handlebars and steer in the correct direction while backing up

Back a Trailer Step 8
Back a Trailer Step 8

Step 8. Make sure that the car and trailer do not 'scissors', make sure that the angle is not too large

Ideally, you can park the trailer in one smooth movement. But usually at some point you have to stop, drive forward again and try again.

Back a Trailer Step 9
Back a Trailer Step 9

Step 9. Repeat going back and forth until you are properly parked

Back a Trailer Step 10
Back a Trailer Step 10

Step 10. Relax

It is often more difficult when people are watching. Try to stay calm and drive backwards calmly.

Tips

  • Don't be afraid to stop, get out and see how far you are. It's better to keep checking where you are than driving damage.
  • Never steer too suddenly in any direction.
  • Try it with a long trailer first, then a smaller one. The shorter, the harder.
  • Practice in an empty parking lot. Set up some cones so others can see what you're doing.
  • It is easier to reverse in a straight line, with minor corrections. Avoid making a right angle. First put your nose on the other side of the road so that you don't have to make a sharp turn backwards.
  • Take it slow! If something unexpected happens, stop the car and calmly try to figure out what to do to fix it.
  • Remember to also look up. Your attention is often focused on obstacles on the ground, but you should also look higher to check for tree branches and wires. Also watch out for overhanging trees.
  • An extra pair of eyes can be very helpful. Someone who pays attention behind the trailer and gives directions within sight of your mirrors can be of great help.
  • Buy some walkie talkies. Then you don't have to yell at the person watching at the back.
  • You can also think of it this way: your rear wheels are actually the steering wheels for the trailer (pretend that the trailer has four wheels, the front steering wheels are actually the rear wheels of the car. So to get the trailer in the right direction you have to adjust the angle between the trailer wheels and the rear wheels of the car are correct.

Warnings

  • Stop the car if the trailer scissors. Go forward and try again.
  • Stop the car if the trailer turns the wrong way. Go forward and try again.
  • Check that the coupling of the trailer is tight and check that the safety cable is installed correctly. After plugging in, check that all lights are working properly.

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