Things that May Go Wrong While Towing a Vehicle

tow truckYou may want to tow your vehicle for some reasons. You may want to take your family on a trip across the country using an RV, and you decide to tow your second vehicle behind you so that you can use it for sightseeing trips or, you may be moving to a new residence across the country.

Whether you are towing your belongings, camper or even your car, it is always advisable to take precaution because of the many risks involved. Many things could go wrong especially when you are towing your vehicle. Read on to find out what exactly could go wrong.

Failure to check the local towing laws

Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding towing. Some states might require that you have taillights on your trailer with the safety chains that connect the trailer to the tow vehicle; others may need you to have specialized braking equipment plus the additional rear view and side mirrors. The other factors that states differ on when it comes to towing include the maximum towing speed, the number of vehicles that you can tow and the maximum width of the trailer. Therefore make sure that you are familiar not only with the laws of your state but also the rules of the states that you are going to pass through.

Poor balance and swaying

towingIf the vehicle being owed is not well balanced, the driver is going to be under a lot of risks. Some of the risks involved include flipping over, jackknifing and causing other road accidents. To avoid this, ensure that the vehicle being towed is close enough to the tow vehicle (the vehicle doing the towing). Be sure to check the sides to make sure that they are all balanced. Swaying is also another common risk of towing. It may be caused by a sharp turn, a gust of wind and over-speeding. It is quite challenging to get the swaying to stop once it starts. The only thing you can do is to avoid making it worse by trying to steer your way out of it or hitting the brakes. If you do any of these, you will be putting yourself in danger by making the swaying even worse.

Failure to check your ratings

Your tow vehicle has a limit when it comes to the amount of weight that it can withstand. When you overload your tow vehicle or your trailer, you put yourself in risks such as failing breaks, overheated transmissions, blown-out tires or broken suspensions. Some of these problems are highly dangerous.

Before attempting to tow your vehicle, check their ratings. Additionally, check the hitch system to make sure that it matches the towing specs of your vehicle. For the weight ratings of your trailer, check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate.

Despite the many risks involved in towing, do not be discouraged from going to your long-awaited trip. Keep in mind that you will need to prepare in advance and have all the tools that you are going to need for a safe journey.

Having adequate insured is one safety precaution that you should always keep in mind. This is because you can get essential liability coverage if your tow vehicle is insured.