If you read our previous article on common towing mistakes, you know there’s a lot to make sure you have correct before you start towing anything. From our last article, you know you have to check your towing ratings, adjust your breaking patterns and load your cargo properly to make sure your tow goes smoothly.
Unfortunately for you, there is more to a tow than we could cover in one article. This week, we’re back to discuss what we couldn’t in our last article so you can start towing today. Remember, if you find yourself doing anything on this list, stop! Fix the problem immediately before you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
Not Hooking-Up Your Towing Lights
If you’re towing a car or trailer behind your own vehicle, most likely your own rear lights are hidden behind that object. Federal law requires trailers to be equipped with a few things to remedy this problem:
- Brake lights
- Turn signals
These lights are powered by a connector that hooks up to the towing vehicle’s electrical system. When you’ve connected the wires, be sure test their flexibility on a short drive or by tugging on them. You want to make sure the wires are in such a way that they do not drag on the road but are still loose enough to not disconnect during turns.
If you end up with a trailer that doesn’t have these items equipped as standard, you need a new trailer! This isn’t a guideline, but an enforceable law which could result in police intervention and a serious fine.
Not Checking Your Tire Pressure
Unless you tow things for a living, your trailer probably hasn’t been used for a while. Most likely the tires on your trailer have leaked and need to be checked for proper tire pressure. (While you’re at it, you might want to check for signs of wear and tear to see if it’s time to replace your tires.) Each tire has a different recommended tire pressure based on size, thickness and a few other variables. You can find your recommended tire pressure online or by consulting a mechanic.
Failing to properly inflate your tires can result in them experiencing more friction from the road. Increased friction on tires is very dangerous and can result in blow-outs and possible rollovers.
With everything mentioned here and in our previous article, you have a checklist ready to get you started towing today. If you have more questions or need advice on how to safely tow your cargo, contact ASAP towing today.
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