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Turning at intersections

TO TURN LEFT:

• Approach the turn slowly. When you
   are close to the intersection, travel
   near the right edge of your lane
   without crossing or extending any part
   of your vehicle or trailer into the next
   lane. This will give you more room to
   complete the turn safely.
• Begin your turn when the front of your
   vehicle is even with the left side of your
   intended lane.
• Glance occasionally in your left outside
   mirror at the trailer wheels during
   the turn. The trailer wheels will travel
   a path that is inside the path of the
   wheels of your vehicle. This is called
   off-tracking.
• To allow for the off-tracking, steer
   towards the right side of the lane on the
   road you are entering.
• As soon as your trailer is through the
   turn safely, steer the vehicle into the
   centre of your lane.


 

Turning left when towing a trailer - 
note path of the vehicle and trailer wheels.


 

Turning right when towing a trailer - 
note path of vehicle and trailer wheels.

 
• To turn right, reverse these directions.
   However, If you do not allow for the
   offtracking you could make contact
   with a curb, a parked vehicle or a
   pedestrian.

Backing a trailer

Backing a trailer takes practice. At times,
to manoeuvre the trailer when reversing
you will turn the steering wheel in the
opposite direction than you would when
reversing without the trailer.

When using a vehicle to back a trailer,
do the following:
• Have someone guide you.
• If you do not have a guide, walk to the
   back of the trailer to be sure the path
   behind is clear.
• Always reverse at not more than a
   walking pace.

CHAPTER TEN                                                                                               TOWING A TRAILER  117

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