Driving a vehicle with a trailer can be dangerous. A responsible driver needs know how to prevent accidents on the road by practicing some basic safety measures. Studies show that trailer accidents are usually caused by lack of knowledge of the driver about proper towing procedures. If trailers are not properly, hitched, loaded and maintained, loss of control of the trailer can result, causing damage to property and serious injury.
Here are some safety tips you can follow while you’re on the road.
It is imperative that you do not exceed the capacity of your trailer. What matters here is the vehicle gross combined weight rating ie the total amount of weight allowed for your entire rig, including passengers, cargo and the trailer). If you try to carry more than your vehicle and trailer’s capacity, your vehicle and trailer may become unstable on the road. Wet or oily roads may become impossible to negotiate, and your tyres are more likely to blow out.
Having the Right Hitch
Make sure you have the right size hitch for your trailer. The manufacturer of the trailer will recommend you the best hitch to use for your vehicle. Also, the hitch also needs to match the cargo you’re going to carry.
Brakes are important
Check your brakes, and that your lights are in sync with the brakes. Electronic brakes are ideal for heavier loads. You should have a built in control inside your vehicle for heavy loads. If you have some extra money to spend, try getting a proportional brake controller. It matches the trailer brakes with the vehicle’s acceleration. Remember, brakes are a lot cheaper than medical bills and your lost income while you are laid up, and accidents do happen.
Regular Maintenance Checks
Before going for a drive with your trailer, check all the essential components. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your trailer, you can consult your trailer experts.
Slow and Safe
When driving a trailer, manage your speed carefully. Your brakes will need extra time to take into account the extra load and momentum of a trailer and its contents. Having to stop suddenly when traveling too fast can cause jack-knifing, skidding and flipping. If you’re heading out for a long drive, make sure you stop regularly and check the lights, brakes and the load; make sure each one is working and secure.
Safety should be your number one priority when it comes to trailers. For Trailer Services or if you need help with your trailers, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Here at Titan Engineering, we’re the experts when it comes to trailers.