The towbar is an important piece of safety equipment, and if you intend on fitting one make sure it complies with the standards set by SABS. Here are a couple of travelling tips that will help make your towing less stressful and a whole lot safer:
The Hi-Q 5 point check
Tightly secure all items in the caravan. OR Check that all items are secured in caravan. Check your indicators and brake lights. Check that the mirrors are in the proper position. Check that the caravan's hand brake is released. Check that the safety chain is over the towball.
When pulling away, release the clutch gently while you slowly accelerate. Allow the car to gradually pick up speed. Before cornering, take your foot off the accelerator. While taking the corner, slowly but firmly accelerate around it.
Don't allow the engine to labour. Change your gears down and keep your revs up.
Overtake on a flat or slight uphill gradient only. Give yourself sufficient time to safely overtake and return to the correct lane. It is very dangerous to return to the correct lane too early.
*Be courteous. Leave a 50m gap between yourself and the car in front so that traffic may flow more freely.
Try travelling downhill against the engine's compression. Don't travel too fast up the hill and try to decrease your speed on the way down, this will set up a sway.
Remedying a sway
Keep calm, steer in a straight line while decreasing your speed. In this situation use controlled braking.
Do not brake too hard as this will create a whiplash effect. Also do not steer in the sway's direction, this will only make it worse. Keep steering straight and slowly decreasing speed. Most importantly don't accelerate too fast.
Finally remember that fitting the proper towbar is the safe and smart choice before travelling or towing.