How to Reverse a Trailer With Your Skoda Octavia Wagon
The Skoda Octavia Wagon 2018 range provides a fantastic option for a family vehicle. While the Octavia Wagon offers plenty of space, if you’re planning a family break you may need to take a trailer or caravan. Unfortunately, many drivers find the idea of towing overwhelming as they worry about trying to reverse it. So, here we will explore some tips and tricks to make reversing a trailer easier, even with an audience.
Take it Slow
It is almost inevitable that when you need to reverse your trailer or caravan, there are lots of people around. It can feel like every stranger within a one kilometre radius is standing and watching as you try to back your trailer. Just take a deep breath and take it slow. Slowly moving will allow for minor steering wheel adjustments, so you can correct it before your trailer heads off in the wrong direction. Remember that patience is vital, particularly if you need to avoid obstacles such as overhanging branches, poles or kerbs.
Being able to see the nose of your car and use your mirrors is important to properly maneuver a trailer. If your trailer is smaller, it can be difficult to see it properly in your mirrors, so get a helper to guide you. Make sure your helper is sensible and highly visible to get the best results, so avoid using one of the kids, if they are likely to get distracted and leave you to back into a pole.
The main key to properly reversing a trailer is to think in opposites. Unlike when you’re driving forward, when you’re reversing turning the steering wheel will turn your trailer in the opposite direction. So if you turn the steering wheel to the right, the trailer will go left and vice versa.
If you want to go straight back, you need to see the same amount of trailer in each mirror. If you’re looking in one mirror and you can see too much trailer, turn your steering wheel towards that mirror to straighten out.
Finally, if you’re still feeling daunted about reversing your trailer with your Skoda Octavia Wagon, get in a little practice before your trip. Use some cardboard boxes to avoid any potentially expensive hits and practice reversing the trailer. The theory is all very sound, but nothing beats some practical practice. Choose a large empty space, such as a parking lot when there are very few cars around and spend some time getting familiar with reversing using your mirrors. You may be very surprised at how quickly you get the hang of it.
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