When towing commercial car trailers, the rules of safe driving change significantly. In order to meet government guidelines and travel safely, many factors have to be considered. The preparation and actual towing of the commercial enclosed car trailer are equally important in successfully completing a safe journey. Before towing, thoroughly check the trailer is in full working order. The first priority is to make sure the commercial covered car trailer’s tires are not damaged by any dry rot or bad weather. Tire pressure is very important as it changes due to temperature and can become dangerous without anyone noticing. Make sure the tow vehicle’s maintenance is also up to date as towing the weight of commercial car trailers puts additional strain on the car. Ensure the brake pads are in a good condition and all other mechanics are fully functioning. It is recommended to get the brakes, both the car’s and the trailer’s, checked and adjusted, and keep the wheel bearings greased. Check the trailer lights are working and are bright enough to be visible from a distance away. One thing owner’s of commercial covered car trailers consider is getting tow mirrors. If the width of the trailer exceeds that of the towing car, you could purchase tow mirrors to avoid any blind spots and aid rear visibility. When you feel confident that the car and trailer are in a great condition to start your journey, the driving itself can begin. Familiarity with your commercial enclosed car trailer is one of the most helpful things you have in your arsenal when towing. The trailer can be bigger and heavier than your car and clearances must be kept in mind when going under low bridges and into petrol stations. Additionally, the extra weight makes the vehicle behave very differently from your car when travelling uphill. Trailers also reduce your ease of handling quick stops and sharp turns. This has to be taken into consideration when driving and you should make wider turns around corners, so the commercial car trailer has enough room to swing round. Another important thing to consider in order to have a safe journey is the stopping distance of your vehicle will increase due to the additional weight of the commercial covered car trailer. This means you will have to be more attentive to vehicles ahead stopping suddenly and braking earlier than you would without the trailer. Sudden, emergency stops are also harder with a heavier vehicle and so you should make sure to stay well behind other cars. The weight of the commercial enclosed car trailer adds further issues when considering travelling up and down steep slopes. You should not ride the brakes while towing a trailer, but put your vehicle into a lower gear to support the weight. Many modern pickup trucks have a tow/haul setting that can shift the transmission when it senses the truck going downhill. Make sure to only apply the brakes at intervals to keep the speed in check without overheating them. The best advice is to practice driving the trailer before actually using it on the road. This gives you a feel for the weight and dimensions of the trailer and allows you to try turning and calculate approximate stopping distances. Especially if you plan to drive the trailer for commercial use, practice is invaluable in making sure the journey is as swift and safe as possible. Before setting off, you must also check your desired route. Some roads do not allow trailers or have specific weight, height and width restrictions. Planning ahead of time will save you from having to make any detours and make sure you arrive at your destination on time.