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Tips for a Safe Towing Procedure 

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You have to be aware of some safety guidelines in order to make sure that the trailer and towing vehicle do not face any damage when on the highway. The following are some of the tips for a safe towing procedure: 

 

Prior to the Road Trip 

  1. Trailer

Before you move the trailer to another place, you have to make sure that it is in great condition. Pay good attention to its signals as well as brake lights. As a matter of fact, it is very essential for all the lights to operate as it tells the driver of the trailer when you are planning to stop or even slowing down. The trailer must be securely connected to the hitch and then the locking system must be snapped to its area. The trailer’s wheels must also be greased properly in order to decrease the friction. In addition to that, the tires must be in very good shape. 

If the trailer has electrically-powered brakes, you have to examine the status of your battery prior to your next long road trip. Several trailers don’t have the preparation to charge the battery. For some instances, you need to make sure that your battery should be manually charged to its maximum capacity for the brakes in order to operate efficiently.  

  1. Towing Vehicle

A towing vehicle must have the ability to tow both the weight of the trailer as well as the contents inside it. If your towing vehicle doesn’t have enough pulling power, you will surely have a hard time towing the trailer up with inclined roads. The towing vehicle should also be in its best shape for a road trip. Towing can definitely put tons of stress on the towing vehicle. Furthermore, the road trip can only be resumed if the towing vehicle’s engine is well-maintained and in great condition. 

Primarily, you need to examine the condition and level of the engine lube. If it turns black, get the engine oil changed prior to your next trip. You also need to pay attention to some other fluids such as brake oil, engine coolant, and transmission fluid to make sure that all fluid levels are within the minimum and maximum suggestions. Tires definitely play a very vital role in safety, so ensure they have inflated appropriately (having the ideal air pressure in each tire) and have no barren spots. 

  1. Examine the Towing Vehicle and Trailer Prior to Leaving

Prior to leaving for a trip, get the trailer examined by an experienced and professional mechanic. An expert knows the essential things to look for such as checking the trailer breakaway cable connections and harness connector. Ask the mechanic to drive the combination of both the trailer and towing vehicle for a while and see the temperatures of the tires. If bearings or one tire seems hotter compared to the rest of the tires, there’s some problem that must be sorted out prior to your next trip. 

  1. On the Road

Prior to hitting the road, ensure that you have practiced enough driving the trailer and towing vehicle together. 

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