CARSON, Calif., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 15,000 people have been killed in crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers since 1975(1) with more than 65,000 crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers occurring in one year alone(2). Lack of knowledge of correct towing techniques is clearly a contributing factor - in fact, a recent study(2) revealed that 71% of Americans who tow admitted to being only somewhat to not knowledgeable about proper towing practices and safety! So, as the Spring/Summer road trip and tow season approaches, the experts at AutoMD.com have put together their Top Ten Towing Tips to make sure that vacation road trippers not only tow their recreational 'toys' safely, but also avoid extra wear and tear on their towing vehicle.
"Driving may still be the best travel choice for families this Spring and Summer, but for those who will be hauling their fun behind them, it is important to remember that without careful planning, attention to equipment and safe driving practices, these extra loads can be a hazard to driver, passengers and vehicle -- and to other drivers as well," said Brian Hafer, VP Marketing at AutoMD.com. "AutoMD.com's Top Ten Towing Tips should help vacationers and their 'toys' arrive safe and sound at their road trip destinations."
There are many things to consider when towing extra cargo. AutoMD.com's Top Ten Towing Tips provide crucial advice for the novice tower, as well as a refresher for those who are more experienced with hauling an extra load.
AutoMD.com's Top Ten Towing Tips The information and advice provided herein is general and intended to be a starting point to gather information about towing practices. You should not rely solely on the information contained herein as it may not be suitable for your particular automobile or situation. Please consult your vehicle and trailer owner's manual before attempting to tow anything.1. Understanding Towing Capacity