Of all the things that could go wrong when you are towing a trailer, having the brakes fail can be the most terrifying of all. Although when hiring a trailer you can and should expect to receive a trailer that has been well maintained, brake failures can still happen for all sorts of reasons. And when they do, it is up to you to know how to stay safe.
At Newlands Trailers we aim to provide our clients with the best selection of trailers for hire. Our selection is well maintained and more than suitable for all types of needs, whether you are travelling for a holiday or moving house. Our trailers for hire come in all shapes and sizes, and each is easy to hook up and be ready to use soon as you need it.
When a trailers brakes fail, you won’t have to worry about your vehicle running wild. Brake failures can be distressing because they increase the stopping distance which in turn increases the possibility of an accident happening, especially if the trailer is full of things.
How to prevent a brake failure?
Whenever you are hiring a trailer, one of the most important things that you can do is to test the brakes before you hit the road for your long journey. You should hitch the trailer up and then take it for a slow test drive to see how it feels. This will give you the chance to make sure that the trailer’s brakes are working just as they should.
If you know your trailers fairly well, you might be able to do your own inspection. By just having a really close look at the trailer, if you know what you are looking for, you will be able to determine if the brakes are in the best possible condition.
And then there is the condition or the weather. The type of weather that you encounter when you are using your trailer can have a rather large effect on the effectiveness of your brakes. Wet conditions can make it a lot more difficult to brake, especially if you have to brake in a hurry. When you are driving in wet conditions it is always best to slow down and to take things easily.
Finally, you need to look out for corrosion close to or on your brakes. If you are hiring the trailer from a reputable company that is known for providing clients with an excellence service and a well-maintained selection of trailers, this shouldn’t be a problem.
But the sad fact is that there are those companies out there that will happily rent out a trailer that is simply not suitable for the job. For this reason, and for your own peace of mind, you should think about giving the entire trailer a complete once over to check for rust spots and corrosion. Not all rust is necessarily bad but you will obviously not want to see rust or corrosion close to your brakes.