Staying safe while towing on the road

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 1:43pm

It's Memorial Day weekend, and in the Ark-La-Tex that means it's boating time.

While some people are lucky enough to have their boats docked at cross lake, Corporal Clinsey Adams of the Shreveport Police Department says most people will have to tow their boats to water.

That's when extra care needs to be taken according to Adams."You need to be careful. You need to leave a lot more room in front of you, you got more weight behind you to stop. You have to be careful of the way you take turns, things swing a little wider, depends on the length of your boat. If you have a tall truck, and a jet ski, with a short trailer, it's very hard to back up without it moving around."

Along with driving techniques, there are laws that must be followed when towing.

That means an electronic adaptors could be necessary. Adams explained why, saying, "it's just like a car. You got to have your turn signals working correctly, your running lights, your brake lights. And it does help people out that's behind you so they don't run up on you, if you're taking a right, they don't run you over."

Because one thing Shreveport Police don't want is to have a holiday weekend ruined because a person didn't following towing safety rules."We're trying to get everybody to be safe, have a good time, respect people property, respect each other, and just have a good time on the lake."


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