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Jackknifing and Trailer Swing SS17036AE (7 Min.)
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Jackknifing is usually the result of a chain of events that culminates in a potentially deadly situation.
If a vehicle towing a trailer skids, the trailer can push the towing vehicle from behind until it spins the vehicle around and faces backwards.
Jackknifing is less likely to happen with empty trailers or when the weight of the load is badly distributed.
Reducing speed too quickly can cause a jackknife.
Applying your brakes during a turn can increase the risk of jackknifing.
If you start to experience trailer swing, what should you do first?
Gradually reduce speed
Braking ans swerving at the same time can potentially cause a jackknife.