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WFTR803 - Trailer Towing
Course Code:
WFTR 803

Calendar Description:
This course of study is designed to increase the knowledge and safety awareness of drivers who are responsible for towing a variety of trailers including utility and tandem units. This course will benefit experienced drivers as well as drivers who have limited experience in trailer towing and maneuvering. Topics include checking that the trailer and vehicle are a legal combination, hitching and unhitching, preparing for a journey, securing a load considering weight distribution, conducting a mid-journey safety check optimizing safe driving techniques and how to reverse a trailer. This course is available for on-site delivery. Certification has no expiry date.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 6
Lecture Hours: 3
Field Experience Hours: 3

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

Student must have a valid Class 5 Driver's License

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
-Class room theory
-Incidents involving trailer towing

Requirements (the law)
-Width and length, wheels, weight
-Safety chains
-Break-away safety device
-Reflective tape when required
-Ball size and how to find
-When brakes are required

-Tires, wheel bearings etc.

-Hook and unhooking
-Proper method
-Stand use, if equipped

-Safe loading
-Weight distribution
-Snow machines
-Proper placement of ramps
-Working load limit of tie-downs

-Towing, turning and backing
-Theory of how to
-Do's and don'ts
-Brake controllers

-IRP 12 hand signals

-Yard practical
-Demo of proper hooking and unhooking
-Safe loading and tie down - demo and student practice
-Backing - demo and student practice

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course of study, participants will be able to:

- safely load a trailer considering weight distribution
- hitch and unhitch trailer units
- park and secure the unit
- back the trailer unit into a prescribed location
- respond appropriately to highway maneuvers and emergency situations

Grading System:

Passing Grade:

Grading Weight:
Field Experience: 100 %

Writing Assignments:
Students must be able to properly and safely hook, unhook, load, tie down a load, and back up the trailer unit.

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
Student or Company must supply vehicle and trailer for practical portion of class. The three hours of field experience is based on yard practical time.

Handouts supplied by instructor during course.
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