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Safety Checks before TowingWhen it comes to towing a trailer, there are certain safety checks you need to carry out before you set off on your journey. Whilst most of these checks may seem obvious, it would surprise you how many drivers neglect them in order to get on the road quicker.
So, if you’re thinking about getting a trailer for your used Land Rover Defender or you’re wondering how to carry out the appropriate checks for your current trailer, read on.
This article will take you through just a couple of safety checks to carry out before towing.
Our first check is to ensure your trailer isn’t overloaded. If it is carrying too much weight, it can prove to be a hazard on the road, with the risk of turning over on a bend. If you’re caught overloading your trailer, you may also be prosecuted. If you’re unsure of the maximum weight for your trailer, your manual should provide details or, depending on the make, the information may be available online.
One of the most obvious, yet most overlooked, safety checks is to ensure the load is secured correctly. Failure to do so may present numerous hazards on the road such as your load becoming loose and even falling off the trailer, which is what we all want to avoid. So, before you leave, make sure it is secure and packed tightly to avoid dangers.
Distribute the weight accordingly
As well as avoiding overloading the trailer, you also need to make sure the weight is distributed accordingly. This means ensuring that all the weight isn’t on the nose of the trailer and vice versa. Instead, try to keep it balanced with heavier items in the middle to avoid the trailer tipping over when in motion.
Check the tow bar
You need to check the tow bar before and after securing the trailer to your vehicle. This includes the quality of the tow bar i.e. checking for any signs of wear and tear that may pose a risk on the road and ensuring the trailer is fitted securely onto your vehicle.
A quick test drive
Now, we don’t mean trailing down to the shops quickly. It can be as simple as pulling forward and going around a corner for a good indication that everything is fitted securely, and the weight is distributed appropriately. While you won’t reach the speeds you normally would on your travels this way, it is a great way to check everything all at once without posing a risk to other drivers on the road.
These are just five safety checks to carry out before you set off on your journey.