Continue reading to review some important safety rules for towing and hauling large cargoes on the road.
Never Exceed Tow Capacity
If a person attempts to haul a load that weighs more than the maximum weight capacity of a vehicle, potential problems are likely to occur. For example, hauling a load that is too heavy can damage the vehicle’s drive train. An impaired drive train can be a dangerous threat on the road to other drivers; especially if driving up-hill. Losing a load can cause life-threatening car accidents and more. Towing capacities are important to abide by in order to avoid hazardous scenarios such as the ones just mentioned.
Always Use Safety Chains
One way to ensure cargo cannot get separated from the towing vehicle is to double-check the security of the safety chains. It is important to always secure the safety chains properly; not only is this the safest way to tow, it is also the law to use safety chains. It is vital that the chains cross under the tongue of the trailer; this way if the hitch comes undone, the trailer doesn’t detach or hit the ground rolling. Never attach chains to the bumper of a vehicle. Also, leave enough slack in the chains to makes turns, but not enough that they are dragging on the ground. To understand the best way to use and secure safety chains is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions meticulously.
Synchronize All Lights and Signals
When a person is towing anything on a public road, it is important that other drivers can detect turn signals and brake lights at all times. Be sure that the wiring harnesses are functioning properly so that all signals and lights are coordinated with the towing vehicle. Brake lights, turn signals, flashers, hazard lights, headlights, and fog lights should all operate effectively and in sync with each other. This is also the law.
Towing is a serious duty that should not be taken lightly. There are several more driving rules to follow, on top of the standard road regulations mandated by local law. For example, it is important to driver slower than the assigned speed limits. This is because a heavier load takes more time to come to a complete stop; and defensive driving protects the person behind the wheel as well as the other drivers on the road. It is also important to practice steering a hauled vehicle, remembering that a trailer will turn the opposite direction when backing up, and so forth. Preparation and practice are both crucial when it comes to towing cargo safely.