Learning how to reverse a trailer is one of the things that a lot of new trailer owners really struggle with. It’s understandable that this would be the case; after all, driving is about feeling and knowing how your vehicle is going to move when you turn the wheel or brake. So, when you have an additional four wheels to contend with, things naturally feel a little different, and it can take a bit of time to get used to that.
With that said, when it comes to learning how to reverse a box trailer, the only way to learn those changes in your driving is, well, by driving. Specifically, you should try to feel out your reverses and movements in a safe environment where you’re unlikely to be disturbed by pedestrians and other drivers.
So, lock your box trailer in place, get your car ready, and we’ll provide you with a quick guide on how to reverse your box trailer safely and effectively.
Before you start reversing your box trailer, it’s important that you have it appropriately positioned in a straight line with where you’re hoping to reverse. Naturally, the place you’re looking to reverse into should be directly behind where your trailer is. This is a good first step for those looking to learn, even if it’s not always going to be applicable to what you’re doing, as it helps you understand your box trailer’s positioning.
When getting ready to reverse, your car’s rearview mirrors will be hugely important, as they will allow you to see whether your box trailer is leaning more to one side or the other. If this is the case, simply move forward until your box trailer is comfortably even on both sides.
Step 2: Make Sure You Can See Clearly
No matter how used to reversing you are, with a box trailer, it’s important to be careful and make sure you have full visibility of where you’re reversing. It’s best to roll down the window and keep your rearview mirror ready to ensure the ideal level of clarity.
Step 3: Start Steering Your Trailer
Now that you have your box trailer ready and aligned, it’s time to start reversing. The tricky part of reversing with a box trailer is that when your car goes left or right, your trailer is likely to go in the opposite direction. So, to avoid an awkward position, try to remain steady and straight. If you find that your trailer has veered too much, it’s best to simply drive forward, reposition, and start again.
Step 4: Stay Calm and Confident
The steadier and slower you are with this process, the better the outcome is likely to be. So, allow yourself to take your time and do things the right way, checking your mirrors regularly and paying attention to any shifts or changes in your box trailer’s alignment with the back of your vehicle. You don’t want to jack-knife, as this can damage your car and trailer whilst also putting yourself in a situation that can be difficult to get out of, depending on circumstances.
Learning to drive and reverse with a box trailer can be tricky at first. However, if you put in the time and effort, you’re sure to get used to it very quickly. If you’re in the market for a new trailer, explore the Big Man Trailer Co single-axle galvanised trailer range today. If not, then we’ll see you in the next trailer blog. Good luck and happy hauling!