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ATV Towing Tips


Quick Tips for Towing an ATV
You can speed around on your ATV once you hit the desert, but when it's on the trailer you need to keep it slow.
You can speed around on your ATV once you hit the desert, but when it's on the trailer you need to keep it slow.
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Think about it: At highway speeds, a sudden swerve or an unexpectedly large pothole could turn your off-road vehicle into hazardous road debris. Gust-prone bridges and idiots who forget to use their turn signals can go from being mere annoyances to white-knuckle stress inducers.

So we've put together some tips for towing an ATV that will enhance the safety of you and other drivers and your own peace of mind.

  • If possible, use a trailer that has been designed specifically for ATV towing.
  • Observe the driving rules that you would when towing any other object -- allow extra time and distance for stops and turns, and maintain plenty of space between other vehicles and yours.
  • Always secure loose and large objects properly; in the event of an accident or even just an abrupt move, unsecured objects can destabilize your trailer or be ejected.
  • Make sure that the trailer itself is properly connected to your tow vehicle and equipped with safety chains and any other necessary trailer equipment (like signaling lights)
  • If you are new to towing an ATV or anything else on a trailer, practice driving slowly on secluded roads before making your first recreational trip.
  • On long trips, pull over about once an hour and check the towing equipment and ATV to make sure they are still secure.

­Any tough job becomes much easier when you use the right tools. To learn about towing equipment that makes hauling an ATV easier, go to the next page.


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