Bike Trailer Safety

Bike Trailer Safety
Bike trailers allow riders to pedal while towing a load. Whether you need to carry your dog, kids or gear for a cross-country tour, there are bike trailers designed for your needs.
 

Attachment

Attach your trailer as directed in your user's manual. Visit a bike specialty shop for help with installation if you have questions about your attachment.

 
 

Visibility

Cars might not be used to seeing a bike with a trailer, or anticipate your longer wheel base. Help warn drivers of your presence by adding reflective gear to your trailer and attaching a visibility flag to your trailer.

Cargo

Secure all cargo before you begin riding. If you're carrying kids, use a child specific trailer and buckle them in securely. Know the weight limit for your trailer and do not exceed it.

Practice

Practice riding your bike with your trailer attached in a quiet area before you head into traffic. Your bike will handle differently. Practice making turns and navigating obstacles so you're familiar with how your trailer reacts.

Route Selection

Consider choosing quiet back roads when you ride with a trailer. With fewer cars around, you can focus on handling road obstacles instead of navigating traffic. This becomes more important when you have kids in tow.

 

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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