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Who tows a trailer? Please tell a towing novice she's going to be fine!

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Pixel Fri 01-Aug-08 20:00:21

Got the tow-bar, borrowed the trailer from BIL and we're off on sunday. I've only had a quick go round the block which was ok but I don't enjoy long-distance driving at the best of times. It's all down to me as dh doesn't drive.
So.....any tips please?
(and by tips I mean reassurance of coursesmile)

PortBlacksandResident Fri 01-Aug-08 20:12:03

You will be fine.

I pull a caravan (only 12ft - not v big) and it's fine, really.

Make sure your indicator / break lights work with it and you'll be away. The beeping is really quite reassuring as we don't have it normally.

Wallace Fri 01-Aug-08 20:26:05

If you passed your test in the last few years you need to take a trailer test before you can tow a trailer!

If this doesn't apply, you'll be fine I had to drive a camper van recently and I was terrified, but it was really easy

Pixel Fri 01-Aug-08 20:32:19

Thankyou smile.
I checked my licence and it has a little picture of a car and trailer on the back of it. Also I've had a clean licence for 20 years so am assuming all that is fine.
It's only a diddy trailer, nothing like a caravan! I'm being a wimp aren't I? blush.

Wallace Fri 01-Aug-08 20:41:53

I think you'll be fine after 20 years grin

Practice reversing first wink

You aren't being a wimp, I wouldn't like to tow a trailer either - I'm lucky to have the excuse that I passed my test too recently!

PortBlacksandResident Fri 01-Aug-08 20:43:18

Not at all - it is a different way of driving but no harder. It doesn't take long to get your head round it.

<glad i'm so old i don't have to take an extra test>

PortBlacksandResident Fri 01-Aug-08 20:44:14

Also - weird reversing i.e. it's the 'wrong' way to turn iyswim.

Pixel Fri 01-Aug-08 20:54:00

I intend to avoid reversing with a trailer at all costs. Dh can make himself useful by unhitching it and moving it out of harm's way. Will keep him fit wink.

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