Hitch your trailer properly.
• Check every part of your hitch system to ensure it is in good condition.
• Make sure the ball you are towing is the proper ball and that it is rated for the proper weight.
• Make sure safety chains are properly crisscrossed and connected, not touching the road but with enough slack to make turns.
• Correctly hook up the breakaway switch to your truck.
• Connect pin connectors for lighting and/or brakes.
Pack your trailer properly.
• Stay within the trailer's maximum load capacity.
• About 60% of the trailer's load should be placed over the front half of the trailer.
• Ensure all cargo is well secured so that it will not shift on the road.
Perform a final check.
• Ensure all lights (braking, turn signals, and hazards) are working on your vehicle and trailer.
• Check the tread and pressure of each tire.
• Adjust mirrors.
• Check your route before getting on the road.
• Slow down.
• Allow for greater stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
• Give yourself plenty of room when making turns.
• Respond to trailer sway correctly by steering straight, reducing speed, and applying trailer brakes.