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Hauling tips for summer travel

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Memorial Day was the unofficial kickoff to summer and that means trips up north hauling jet skis, boats and RVs.

But if those toys aren't secured properly, it can turn a fun weekend into a terrible one. Hauling something could not only damage your car, but put everyone else on the road in danger.

"It's very nerve-wrecking," Dana Schwab said.

She gets worried when she is behind drivers hauling things unsafely.

"Sometimes you see loads of mattresses and things that aren't quite tied down and flapping in the wind and it makes you a little nervous, you want to back off a little bit," Schwab said.

She said she enjoys camping out with her dog at Michigan's state parks. When she's on the interstate she said she's on the lookout for a loose load.

"Something might break free and fly out, or shift and fall out. When you're driving 70 miles an hour down the highway you could be hurt," Schwab said.

Summer travel season is in full swing. The Michigan state police are offering tips on how people can stay safe while hauling their loads.

"Always make sure that you have a proper hitch and a proper safety hitch that locks your trailer in place. You must use safety chains to also attach your trailer to your vehicle," said state Trooper James Willing.

Willing urges everyone to check tire pressure and to make sure wiring for a trailer's brake lights work. He also said to make sure they can be seen.

"If you're towing a smaller trailer, make sure that you have the proper reflectors and reflective signs, especially for when you're traveling at night," Willing said.

He wants residents who haul stuff to remember to be safe.

"If anything happens where your trailer becomes lodged or it's weaving on the roadway and hits another motorist, you will be cited," Willing said.

Schwab looks forward to lots of camping this summer and she hopes everyone she shares the road with helps her get to her destination safely.

"Just slow down a little bit when you're hauling a big load," Schwab said.

State police also said if residents are hauling something with two or more axles, they need to stay in the right two lanes and can't go faster than 55, even on the interstate.

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