Any time you hook a trailer up to your car, you have a chance of running into one of these 5 risks.
Whether you are a newbie to trailer hire, or if you have been using trailer hire for years, the risks remain the same. The only thing that really changes is the fact that you will know how to deal with the risks without them becoming either a danger to you while on the road, or a danger to whatever it is that you are towing.
At Newlands Trailers, we offer our clients the best trailer hire services in Pretoria. Our trailers include a variety of different sizes, which can be used to tow all sorts of things. Our trailers are regularly quality checked and they are made to be easy to use. Should you worry about the trailer becoming a hazard, or if you are new to this and have no clue what you are doing, our team is always ready to help you out.
So, what are these 5 biggest towing risks that you should be aware of?
They are not all that complicated but these are the risks to keep in mind. While we have mentioned risks in previous blogs, these are some new risks that you should know about.
Depending on the size of your trailer, you could end up with a visibility problem that can very quickly become a real risk. Some trailers are just bigger than others while some trailers are overloaded in such a way that they end up blocking your view. This can make things like reversing and checking blind spots a risky challenge and the only thing that you can really do is to try to take it easy on the road and not make a move if you can’t see that the way is clear.
- Vehicle can’t tow
Not all vehicles are made for towing, some are just not equipped with the right gear. There is a way around this, if you are happy to use a trailer hitch, but this is not the kind of solution that works for every type of vehicle. The trailer hitch is also not the kind of tool that you will be able to always rely on as there is always a risk that it doesn’t do the job. It is so important that you don’t push your trailer or your vehicle too hard.
- Equipment doesn’t match
Believe it or not but not all vehicles and trailers are a match made in heaven. And since it is so important that you only use the right equipment when towing, you should never try to force the equipment to match as that can only lead to some serious issues.
- Damaged car
If the vehicle you are using is damaged in such a way that it either doesn’t have the power to tow or it doesn’t have an appropriate place to attach the trailer safely, then there is almost certainly going to be a problem when it comes to towing your trailer. Make sure that, before you hit the road, your car is in a good condition.
When driving in windy conditions or when just going a little too fast, should your trailer start to sway, it is going to be one of the biggest risks that you will face. If you feel or see the trailer start swaying, slow down and if you are really in trouble, pull off the road.