Buick LESABRE 1998 Owner Manual

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Safety Chains

You should always attach chains between your vehicle and your trailer. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch manufacturer or by the trailer manufacturer. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for attaching safety chains and do not attach them to the bumper. Always

leave just enough slack so you can |turn with your rig. And. never allow safety chains to drag on the ground.

Trailer Brakes

Does your trailer have its own brakes? Be sure to read and founw the instructions for the trailer brakes so you‘ll be able to install. adjust and maintain them properly.

Because you have antisiock brakes. do not try to tap into your vehicle's brake system. If you do. both brake systems won't work well. or at all.

Driving with a Trailer

Towing 3 trailer requires a certain amount of experience. Beiiare setting out for the open road. you‘ ll want to get to know your rig. Aequajnl yourself with the feel of

handling and braking with the added weight of the trailer. And always keep in mind that the vehicle you are

driving is now a good deal longer and not nearly as responsive as your vehicle is by itself.

Before you stan. check the trailer bitch and platfonh

t and attachments]. safety chains. electrical connector. lamps. tires and mirror adj usttnent. If the trailer has

elec rtic brakes. start your vehicle and trailer moving and then apply the trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the brakes are working. This lets you check your electrical connection at the same time.

During your trip. check occasionally to be sure that the load is secure. and that the lamps and any trailer brakes are still working.

Following Distance

Stay at least twice as far behind the vehicle ahead as you would when driving your vehicle without a trailer. This can help you avoid situations that require heavy braking and sudden turns.


You'll need more passing distance up ahead when you're towing a trailer. And. because you're a good deal longer. you'll need to go much farther beyond the passed vehicle betore you can return to your lane.


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