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5 Safety Tips When Towing a Trailer

Classic Towing has been in the business for more than two decades, providing both semi and heavy duty towing in Joliet, IL and surrounding areas. In our years in the business, we have seen countless of road accidents due to trailer towing mistakes. A lot of people hit the road with a huge load on their tail and yet they miss out on some essential safety factors that need to be considered. In this blog, we share some safety tips you need to keep in mind.

If you see yourself as one who would be doing lots of camping, boating, auto crossing and doing plenty of land traveling, then chances are you will be doing some towing yourself. So you better keep reading.

Drive Carefully
We couldn’t stress this more. Whenever you are on the road, always drive carefully. While it may seem easy, driving with a trailer of any size requires a few adjustments. For starters, you always have to remember that you got a huge weight behind you. Forgetting this fact will easily get you into trouble. Also, you need to avoid sudden stops, quick turns and jack-rabbit starts. Driving as carefully as possible is what you need to do from start to finish.Regardless of whether or not you have a trailer behind you, driving carefully and responsibly will greatly minimize your chances of getting into a mishap.

Check Weights
Never exceed your tow vehicle’s gross weight vehicle rating which is the maximum allowable weight of a fully loaded vehicle. Too much weight will make the trailer and tow vehicle difficult to control, causing swaying and eventual toppling. Read your vehicle’s manual on maximum towing weight requirements, and never exceed them.

Balance Weights
Before hitting the road, make sure that there is equal weight distribution. To avoid saying and tail wagging of travel trailers, many experts agree that the acceptable tongue weight (downward force that the tongue of the trailer applies on the hitch of the tow vehicle) is between 9% and 15% of the gross trailer weight (total mass of the trailer plus fluids and cargo). On the other hand, the hitch weight for larger trailers is limited by the capacity of the hitches and the tow vehicle.

Brake Safely
In Illinois, any trailer with a gross weight of over 3,000 lbs. must be equipped with brakes. Such brakes must be so designed and connected that in case the towed vehicle breaks away, the brakes are automatically applied. Also, you need to practice braking when towing a trailer as it takes some getting used to.

Check the Tires
Periodically check your tires for wear and tear. Also, maintain the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, which you can find on the tire sidewall. Tires that are not underinflated will not only reduce fuel mileage but will also cause it to wear out quicker, while tires that are overinflated are at higher risks of bursting.

There are several other considerations that need to be noted when towing a trailer so stay tuned for more blogs from Classic Towing. Just keep in mind that if you would rather have experts do your heavy duty or semi towing in Joliet, IL, you can always rely on our team.

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