Safe Driving & Towing Practices
Driving a tow truck isn’t as easy as the professionals make it look. If the equipment is not set up correctly or if the driver does not take all precautions and drive safely it could result in a mishap with the equipment or even a serious accident. All professional tow truck drivers should be trained and have extensive practice before working in the field. Driving a tow truck is not like driving a regular truck or even a car, once the trailer is connected to the vehicle it will respond differently.
Here are some tips for safe driving when towing a trailer or a load:
- Know your tow capacity. Before hauling anything you must know the tow capacity of the vehicle you are driving. If you have any questions refer to the owner’s manual.
- If the trailer or load that you are towing is wider than the vehicle that you are driving you will have visual problems. In some cases you may need to replace your regular side mirrors with a larger set. These will give you a better view around the sides and even allow you to see behind the trailer.
- A wide trailer also means that you need to be more careful when parking and when making turns. Make wider turns especially around tight corners and curves. It is also difficult to drive up and down hills, also remember not to keep your foot on the break because that will cause it to overheat.
- Reversing when towing is not easy, though after installing new mirrors it can be a little easier. If there is someone with you it is always best for them to direct you.
- It is very important to make sure that the tires are properly inflated, both on the vehicle and the trailer. Check the guidelines in the owner’s manual in order to do so. Tires that are not inflated enough will cause the vehicle or the trailer to sway from side to side which is dangerous.
- The lug nuts must be checked to make sure they tightly secure the wheel and axle.
- Don’t forget to leave enough breaking room. The heavier the load the longer the breaking distance needed. Break gently as not to cause the trailer to sway.
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