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Towing a boat or other trailer load behind your vehicle can be a bit tricky, requiring different driving skills and even different ways of thinking. Knowing proper towing safety skills can be the difference between a fun weekend trip and a costly or dangerous mishap.

But practice and a little foresight can make towing a trailer much easier. Here are some tips for avoiding common mistakes and safely towing a trailer:

1.Plan your route. Make sure there’s proper clearance for all bridges and tunnels on your route, and try to stay on main roads for a smoother trip.

2. Take it slow. You’re pulling a heavier and longer load, which can be harder to control, so drive slower than usual.

3. Make wider-than-usual turns. A trailer’s wheels don’t follow the same exact path as the vehicle pulling it. In a turn, trailer wheels come closer to the curb.

4. Practice backing up. To make the trailer go left, turn the wheel to the right . Driving in reverse while towing a trailer has a lot to do with what you’re driving and towing and the sensitivity of the steering. It’s best to have a spotter when you’re backing up.

5. Never let anybody ride in or on a trailer. It’s illegal and dangerous.

6. Budget for more gas. Because your vehicle is pulling more weight, fuel consumption will increase.

7. Avoid fishtailing. Fishtailing occurs when the trailer sways back and forth because its load is off balance or you’re driving too fast. At the first sign of fishtail, brake slowly, pull off the roadway and inspect the load. If it’s shifted, rebalance it. If it’s balanced, you were probably driving too fast.

8. When backing a trailer into water, unplug the lights. This is a common mistake for boaters launching their craft. To avoid a dangerous electrical short, simply disconnect the trailer’s brake and running lights from the vehicle.

9. Get extension side mirrors. Your vehicle’s side mirrors may not extend out far enough to give you a full view of what you’re towing. Stop by Las Vegas Dodge to find what is best for your vehicle.

10. Don’t park on an incline. The weight of the trailer will put a great deal of force on the trailer hitch as well as the towing vehicle itself.

To further protect yourself and your property, make sure you have the proper insurance coverage for your boat, sport craft or RV. Stop by Chapman Dodge for more information.

 

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An automobile service contract is similar to a warranty — they both promise to perform or pay for certain repairs or services to your car. However, unlike a warranty, a service contract typically costs extra. An auto service contract is more like an insurance policy that kicks in after your manufacturer’s warranty has expired. The contract pays for specific repairs and service, but you must pay a fee to acquire the coverage. Here are some tips for finding the service contract that is best for you.

Often, the coverage in a service contract is duplicated by a warranty that already covers your car. Before paying an excessive amount for a service contract, find out the exact terms of the contract and compare them carefully to all warranties that cover your car. The price of a service contract is usually based on the car’s make, model, condition, as well as the contract’s coverage and length. The length of the service contract is another important factor to consider. Most new cars don’t require many repairs during the first few years.

Las Vegas Dodge offers service contracts on many of their vehicles, such as 5000+ Maximum Care Coverage on new vehicles. This is ideal for drivers who seek the ultimate piece of mind for their vehicle. Maximum Care goes above and beyond your vehicle’s factory warranty by providing practically complete mechanical coverage for your vehicle. With coverage on 5000+ components, if it’s mechanical, it’s covered with Maximum Care. Every Maximum Care plan also includes the following benefits:

  • $100 Deductible
  • $35 First Day Rental
  • Car Rental Allowance
  • $100 Towing/ Roadside Assistance
  • $1,000 Trip Interruption Protection

For drivers looking for more basic protection on selected major components, 800+ Added care plus coverage on new vehicles is the perfect choice. Added Care Plus covers 800+ components and provides an economical way to extend coverage beyond your vehicle’s original powertrain and basic component warranty. Every Added Care Plus plan also includes the following benefits:

  • $100 Deductible
  • $35 First Day Rental
  • Car Rental Allowance
  • $100 Towing/ Roadside Assistance
  • $1,000 Trip Interruption Protection

For your convenience at the Dodge Service Center, they provide the ability to schedule your service online and provide coupons for service specials. Specials include oil change packages, diagnostic tests, flat tire repairs and even detailing. To take it a step further, if you ‘like’ the Chapman Facebook page, you can earn 5% off parts and labor while your vehicle is in for service.

For more information on service contracts offered, or to schedule your service online, visit Chapman Dodge.